The Appalachian Regional Commission grant will assist the Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority to provide sewer services along sections of county roads 146, 355 and 405 near Weiss Lake northeast of Leesburg. Soil and topography prevent private septic systems from working effectively in this area, according to local officials.
The availability of sewer services is expected to make the location more inviting for housing and businesses development as well as improve living conditions for people already living in the area.
The authority will install 14,000 feet of sewer line along the three roads.
Bentley notified Y.V. “Vaughn” Ledbetter, authority chairman, that the grant had been approved.
The ARC program is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.
ARC was established by Congress in 1965 as a supplemental grant program to raise the standard of living, improve the quality of life and promote economic development in portions of the 13 Appalachian mountain states. Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Cherokee, are part of the ARC area.