LAUREL HILL — The City Council on Thursday unanimously selected Preble-Rish Inc. to serve as the grant writer and engineering firm to handle public improvement grants.


LAUREL HILL — The City Council on Thursday unanimously selected Preble-Rish Inc. to serve as the grant writer and engineering firm to handle public improvement grants.



The firm, which has an office in Fort Walton Beach, will help the city secure grants to upgrade the water system and Gene Clary Park, City Clerk Nita Miller said. 



The Community Development Block Grant, if secured, would fund road repair work for city streets.



In addition, city leaders approved a resolution that would amend the city’s water service payment plan. The mayor can set a base price and payment schedule to help some residents afford connection and impact fees, under the resolution. 



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Also, the council unanimously voted to award a $1,000 scholarship to Laurel Hill School senior John Cunningham.



Among the deciding factors were Cunningham's grade point average, school involvement and financial need, city leaders said.



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