LOCKHART — The Town of Lockhart will use what Mayor Ailene Ashe says is the largest state infrastructure grant ever awarded to the town to repair sewer lines in the southwestern area of the community.
Ashe announced that she has received a letter from Gov. Nikki Haley announcing that Lockhart will receive a $607,290 Community Infrastructure Grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program.
“I am just thrilled they are funding us,” Ashe said. “This will help us continue repairing infrastructure here in Lockhart.”
Ashe said the grant is the largest the town has been awarded for infrastructure repairs.
“This is really the largest amount we’ve ever got at one time,” Ashe said. “We’ve had five $500,000 grants awarded to us in the past, all of them for infrastructure repairs, but this one is for over $600,000.”
Ashe said the funds will be used to help pay for the repair of sewer lines in the southwestern section of the town.
“We’ll be repairing sewer lines from Mill Street to Highway 9,” Ashe said. “The pipes have been in there 60 years or more and are old, corroded, and deteriorated.”
Ashe said the grant will require a 10 percent local match which she said will come from a combination of funds allocated by the town and C Funds allocated to the town.
The next step in the process will be hiring an engineer to oversee project followed by the town putting the project out for bids. Once those steps are complete, Ashe said the repair of the lines will begin, probably before the end of the year.
Lockhart is the second municipality in Union County to be awarded a Community Infrastructure Grant this month.
City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson also received a letter from Haley announcing the awarding of a grant to the city for infrastructure improvements.
The city will receive a $343,490 Community Infrastructure Grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program for the May Street Project which will involve upgrading sewer lines serving May Street, Cabin Street, Hill Street, Haskell Street, and part of Pinckney Street. Those lines, which Thompson said are over 100 years old and in deteriorated condition will be lined with cured-in-place pipes which he described as a cost-effective way of improving the sewer system.