Sep 21 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR ALABAMA PROJECTS

FY 2005 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill Passes Full Committee

WASHINGTON, D. C. --- U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations committee, announced funding for several projects included in the Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development (VA-HUD) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee today and is expected to go to the Senate for consideration soon.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for many important projects in Alabama. These funds will improve the quality of life for the residents in these communities.”

City of Tuscaloosa - $1.9 Million

This funding will assist the City of Tuscaloosa with their 21st Avenue Urban Renewal Project, including design, planning, and land acquisition. Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased we were able to secure these funds to assist Tuscaloosa with their revitalization efforts. The proposed revitalization plan will bring hope and opportunity to the downtown area.”

Selma YMCA - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used by the Selma YMCA to construct a new family facility for the citizens of Selma. The Selma YMCA is working to create a recreation outlet specifically to fit the needs of children and families in the Selma and Dallas County Area. Beyond the recreational benefits, the new facility will allow the YMCA to expand its service to the community with a teen center, computer lab, community meeting room and a child development center.”

Mitchell College of Business Library - $400,000

The University of South Alabama is making improvements related to the Mitchell College of Business Library in Mobile, Alabama. The funding included in this bill will assist the University in these efforts.

Town of Double Springs - $450,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the purchase of the Looney’s Tavern Park Complex. The complex has served as both a tourist attraction and an educational opportunity for the area’s school children for many years. I am hopeful that these funds will ensure that the Park Complex will continue to serve a vital role in the community.”

City of Fairhope for the Fairhope Library - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “The City of Fairhope has always provided its citizens with access to books through a free or public library. I am pleased these funds will be used to continue this tradition by assisting with construction costs associated with building a new library.”

Crenshaw County Economic/Industrial Development Authority - $500,000

Crenshaw County Economic/Industrial Development Authority will receive $500,000 for industrial site preparation in the County. Senator Shelby said, “These funds will help Crenshaw County prepare for the supply industry necessary to support the new Hyundai automobile factory and facility.”

City of Livingston - $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased we were able to provide funding for the City of Livingston to begin its revitalization process. Livingston has a rich history, and it is crucial that the city maintain its history with a renewed interest in the downtown area.”

Alabama Department of Environmental Management - $1 Million

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will allow the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to conduct field training for Alabama water and wastewater operators across the state.”

Center for Estuarine Research at the University of South Alabama - $1 Million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for the ongoing research activities conducted by the Center specifically related to ecology of coastal lands and seascapes. This funding will allow the University of South Alabama to continue the important ecological research that it is conducting in the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay areas. The knowledge gained from this research provides important scientific insights that can be used to preserve and protect coastal plants and wildlife.”

Auburn University Mobile Delta Initiative - $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is a large ecosystem in South Alabama where the freshwater of Alabama's rivers mix with the saltwater of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This large, diverse area is extremely important to the State of Alabama both biologically and economically. These funds will be used to establish the Mobile Delta Initiative, which will allow for the development of plans for the sustainable use of the Delta for such economically important activities as eco-tourism and sport fishing.”

ALABAMA WATER PROJECTS

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to make these announcements for many Alabama water projects. This funding will go a long way in aiding our cities and counties as they deal with their water and sewer resource challenges.”

Coosa Valley Water Supply District - $800,000

This funding will assist Coosa Valley Water Supply District with development of a surface water supply in St. Clair County, Alabama. Senator Shelby said, “These funds will provide citizens and industry throughout the region with a steady and reliable water source.”

Utilities Board of the City of Helena - $750,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used by the Utilities Board of Helena to construct a well and water tank and to conduct sanitary sewer rehabilitation. These efforts will provide the citizens of Helena with a safe and reliable supply of drinking water as well as a sanitary sewer system better equipped for Helena’s continued growth.

Lamar County Commission - $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased we were able to assist the Lamar County Commission with their water supply project. The long term benefits of this project may be significant in that a stable water source will be available for the county for future growth and development.”

Cleburne County Commission - $600,000

These funds will assist with the Cleburne County Commission’s efforts to expand water into rural parts of Cleburne and Randolph Counties.

Randolph County Commission - $600,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow Randolph County to provide a safe supply of water for its current and future residents and businesses. This project is critical to ensuring the health and welfare of the citizens in this area.”

City of Fort Payne - $750,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these funds for the City of Fort Payne. This funding will provide significant assistance to Fort Payne as they continue to make water and sewer improvements including the replacement of a water main, pipes and a new water storage tank near Highway 11 North and Interstate 59. This project will improve the quality of life for the residents of this area.”

Blount County Water Authority - $450,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will assist the Blount County Water Authority in developing a county water supply line. This project will benefit Blount and Cullman Counties by ensuring a safe supply of drinking water for their residents.”

West Morgan/East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to expand sanitary sewer services and make much needed water system infrastructure improvements so that the authority can better serve its growing number of customers.”

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