Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Livingston, Hamel receive $100,000 grants from Madison County

The villages of Alhambra, Livingston and Hamel will each receive $100,000 grants from Madison County. In Alhambra, the money will go toward upgrading the village’s sewer system. In Livingston and Hamel, the funds will be used for drainage projects.

The County Board passed resolutions approving the grants at its June 17 meeting. The board also approved grants in the same amount for Glen Carbon, Venice and Madison.

Earlier in the month, Madison County Grants Committee had unanimously approved sending to the Madison County Board a resolution calling for $600,000 worth of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

“The Madison County CDBG program enhances the support county government provides to municipalities and townships, enabling us to assist city, village and township leaders in undertaking projects which benefit their respective communities and, importantly, their residents,” said Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan. “A significant number of the municipal and township projects completed in the last 40 years would not have been completed without the support of the CDBG program and Madison County,” Dunstan added.

Frank Miles, administrator of Madison County Community Development, said applications for funding were received for more than 20 projects.

“Every project submitted is subjected to a detailed review with points being awarded based on an established criteria which has been carefully reviewed with the county board and leaders from every municipality and township.

“From this criteria, it’s determined whether the project will have a high, medium or low impact on the community, and also look at the potential economic impact,” Miles stated. “Not in terms of new business or jobs, but the impact a revitalized neighborhood, improved streets or infrastructure can have on home values and the general improvement of Madison County.”

The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is administered in Madison County by the Community Development Department.

Madison County CDBG projects

▪ $100,000 to the village of Alhambra for the construction of a new six-inch force main at Lift Station No. 2 to alleviate overburdening during periods of heavy flow.

▪ $100,000 to the village of Hamel for the improvement of the roadway and drainage on Hamel Avenue, including the installation of curbs and gutters on both sides of the roadway.

▪ $100,000 to the village of Livingston to address drainage problems, including inadequate drainage at the intersection of Nichols Street and Livingston Drive, and a failed sewer at corner of Sarah and Nichols Streets.

▪ $100,000 to the village of Glen Carbon for the construction of three catch basins and yard drains in an area of approximately six acres bordered by Heritage Place, Trails End and Trails Ridge Drive.

▪ $100,000 to the city of Venice for the cleaning, televising and lining of approximately 840 feet of 30-inch sanitary/storm sewer line from Lee Park across Klein Avenue to north of the Merchant’s Bridge.

▪ $100,000 to the city of Madison for the replacement of approximately 20 sanitary/storm sewer catch basins located throughout the city.