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NASHVILLE — State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) announced today the City of McKenzie will receive $525,000 through a Community Development Block …
NASHVILLE — State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) announced today the City of McKenzie will receive $525,000 through a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). The grant will be used to make improvements to the sewer and wastewater system.
“I am pleased the City of McKenzie will receive this major grant and appreciate the excellent work by our local officials in securing the funds,” said Senator Stevens. “These funds will help improve the health of our residents and the overall quality of life by ensuring access to clean water, as well as proved new methods to effectively dispose of wastewater. I am grateful to Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for helping our local officials address some of the important needs in our community.”
“Access to clean water is vital for our communities,” said Rep. Holt. “This much-needed grant funding will ensure our citizens continue to have access to clean water and dispose of wastewater more efficiently. I am proud to have worked with Senator Stevens and our local officials to secure this competitive grant funding, and I will continue to fight for additional resources to better address the needs of our growing community.”
The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly. ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.
The grant complements an ongoing sewer system rehabilitation program within the city.
In May, the McKenzie City Council unanimously approved a pair of bids for the sewer and wastewater treatment plant improvements. Bids were accepted on two separate contracts with Contract A focusing on Sanitary Sewer Improvements and Contract B focusing on Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements. Enscor, LLC won the bid for Contract A-Sanitary Sewer Improvements bidding $889,640 on the work. Miller Contractors, Inc. won the bid for Contract B-Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements totaling $667,634.
McKenzie is restricted in its economic development growth because of the aging wastewater system. The improvements will clear the way for the city to recruit industries requiring significant water usage and add residences and businesses to the system.