Jul 25 2002


U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today committee approval of funding requests for several Alabama projects in the VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the merits of my funding requests."

The following project requests, were funded by the committee:

Tuscaloosa Downtown Revitalization Project - $3 million
"These funds will be used to begin the first stages of Tuscaloosa's downtown redevelopment project. It is my hope that these funds will bring significant economic development to the downtown area," said Shelby.

Alabama Water Projects
"This funding will go along way in aiding our cities and counties as they deal with their water resource challenges," said Shelby.

Guin Water Supply Project - $500,000

Construction of a new sanitary wastewater lagoon system in Berry, Alabama - $500,000

Fire Grants - $900 million
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $900 million for the Fire Grant program. These funds will assist local fire departments in their efforts to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards, and to provide assistance for fire prevention programs."

These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to meet the needs of state and local fire departments. Funds can be used for such things as fire operations, firefighter safety programs, emergency medical services, and firefighting vehicles.