Laurel Hill collecting points for development grant application

Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

LAUREL HILL — An engineering firm assisting the city with applying for a road-repairs grant is scoring as many points as it can to secure the funds.

Preble-Rish Inc., which has offices in Fort Walton Beach, Freeport and Santa Rosa Beach, is applying on the city’s behalf for Florida Small Cities’ $600,000 Community Development Block Grant.

"(The grant) is awarded based on a point system," project manager Clay Kennedy has said. "... You get a hundred points if you have your bid plans, documents and specifications ready at the time you apply for the grant ... the firm's goal is to get the city as many points as possible.” 

Kennedy is working with a city-appointed citizen advisory task force committee, which would help select potential sites that could use the funding.

This would the third year the city has applied for the grant. Council chairman Larry Hendren has said the firm has looked over last year's paperwork and identified a few omissions and errors.

"I hope history does not repeat itself this time, he said.

"We will be prepared," Kennedy said.  

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