Board awards bid to Tennessee company in management of grant project

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 7, 2003

CENTREVILLE &045; After holding a public hearing on the matter, aldermen here voted 4-1 Tuesday to hire Community Development Partners, LLC of Nashville, Tenn., to administer the town’s 2003 CDBG Home Improvement Grant application.

Alderman Thomas Lobrano voted to award the project to Centreville-based Apex Associates, which also submitted a bid to manage the grant.

The town may apply for a maximum of $350,000 through the program, which targets low- to moderate-income homeowners whose dwellings meet inspectors’ qualifications.

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The yearly allotments are awarded to towns with fewer than 3,500 residents through the Community Development Block Grant program, and the deadline for applications is March 7.

Both companies included an 8 percent administrative fee in their proposals.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to amend a town ordinance to allow the sale of package beer and light wine on Sundays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The new statute does not allow for on-site consumption of beer on Sundays. Hard liquor sales are prohibited on Sundays by state law.

The board also discussed the possibility of collecting sewer fees from about 40 households in the Beaulah Heights subdivision south of Centreville.

Board members said approximately 8,000 gallons of sewage per day is pumped into the town’s south lagoon from Beaulah Heights at no cost to those residents.

Town employees said the town agreed to connect the subdivision to its sewer system in 1987 when Wilkinson County paid for two new pumps at the lagoon.

However, the town has no leverage to collect monthly sewer fees from Beaulah Heights residents.

Board attorney John Redhead said an interlocal agreement with the county may be necessary to begin collecting the fees.