Laurel Hill council to seek $600,000 grant for road repair

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The Laurel Hill city council discusses several topics during Tuesday night's council meeting. The council voted in favor of applying for a road grant, which would give the city up to $600,000 to use on road repair.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM.

LAUREL HILL — The City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of pursuing a state grant that could give the city up to $600,000 for road repairs.

Although the council will create an ordinance that could dissolve the city with a March 2014 referendum, city leaders took steps to ensure other opportunities to repair roads — other than relying on the county, if the city becomes unincorporated — are used.

The grant the council is seeking is the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. This will be the third straight year the council has applied for the grant.

Last year's attempt fell just one permit short, when the city lost its consideration.

"Last time we needed a storm water permit," Mayor Joan Smith said. "By not having it, we lost 100 points (in the process).

The engineer and grant writer, who worked on the grant application failed to include the permit with the necessary paperwork, Smith said.

The council learned about the city's removal of consideration last month, Council Chair Larry Hendren said.

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