2009-09-02 / Front Page

$1.6 million for sewer rehab

Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority Executive Director Phil Foil announced this week the approval of funding for the city of Blakely sewer rehab projects.

The loan and subsidy, funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help finance the replacement or repair of manholes and sewer mains.

"Investment in infrastructure creates jobs, promotes economic development and increases our citizens' quality of life," said Gov. Perdue. "Improving public health and safety is critical to a community's economic growth and prosperity."

Financed through the ARRA, the city of Blakely was approved for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan of $486,750 and a CWSRF subsidy of $1,135,750 for the replacement or repair of manholes and sewer mains.

The total project cost is $1,622,500 with GEFA providing the entire amount. For communities that are OneGeorgia-eligible, 70 percent (up to a maximum of $1,135,750) of the principal will be forgiven. The city of Blakely will pay three percent interest on the loan portion, up to a maximum of $486,750, for 15 years.

"We are extremely pleased we're going to be able to do the work," stated mayor Ric Hall. "We have some areas in dire need of rehab and we wouldn't have the money without GEFA."

Foil expressed appreciation to Gov. Perdue, U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop, State Senator John Bulloch and State Representative Gerald Greene for their support.

Georgia local governments expressed a tremendous amount of interest in the ARRA funds. Cities and counties submitted more than 1,600 projects with a total cost exceeding $6 billion. Available funding for projects through the ARRA is $144 million, and funding is obligated to projects on a first-comefirst serve basis.

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