Drainage issues could be coming to an end in the City of Boaz.
Depending on the outcome of the city’s application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), up to $450,000 could be awarded to fund drainage improvements in several locations across Boaz. Mayor David Dyar said with the council agreeing to match the grant up to $90,000, the return on investment would be well worth the cost.
“This is important,” Dyar said. “Drainage has been an issue for many people in Boaz for a long time, and this would be a great way to fund the solution. To apply for the grant, we had to go door to door in several of our communities and complete surveys. I wouldn’t have done that if it weren’t important to us.”
In a public hearing to discuss the application, Falguni Patel, a principal planner for the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) said with an 80%-20% match from the city, the total amount for the Boaz’s drainage system improvement project could be up to $540,000. But the $90,000 would only be spent if the application was accepted and the full $450,000 was awarded to Boaz.
“We have finished the surveying,” Patel said. “WE did our calculations and the project does qualify as an LMI (low-to-moderate income) area, so we’re good to go on that side. Now we just have to put all the information together to complete the application and receive a few letters of support from the community, the churches and business in the project area.”
One of the biggest areas to benefit from the drainage improvement would be Cooper Courts, Dyar said, and it would be more than just replacing culverts pipes.
During the hearing, Russ Roberts, an engineer with Goodwin Mill Caywood, said he and Boaz Street Superintendent Kenny Smith drove around town to see where the most impactful drainage spots were and how they could be renovated. In doing so, Roberts said the project would involve putting in new culverts, upsizing culverts where needed and changing the drainage flow.
Patel said the city could know the results of the application by October and possibly begin working on the project in the spring of 2020.
In other business, the council:
• Approved accounts payable vouchers dated June 26 through July 3 totaling $313,579.71.
• Adopted job description code 120 Information Technology Technician
• Authorized the discharge of fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Boaz for the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce Back to School event on July 27.
• Authorized the mayor to enter a lease agreement with the child resource network/Boaz child development center.
• Appointed Corey Ray to the Boaz Gas Board through Oct. 1, 2023.