Laurel Hill receives long-awaited, $600,000 grant

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

LAUREL HILL — The third time was the charm for city officials recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to use on much-needed road repairs.  

“It has been long needed, probably for the past 30 years,” City Clerk Nita Miller said.

City officials received a confirmation letter from the Florida DEO on July 17 stating that the city will receive the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. 

This was the city’s third attempt in applying for the grant. The funds are earmarked for overlaying and repairing New Ebenezer Road, 2nd Avenue and 4th Street.   

The council voted to apply for the grant in January of 2013. City leaders then selected the engineering consulting firm, Preble-Rish, Inc., to handle the grant writing process.

Preble-Rish project manager Anna Hudson, one of several employees to assist in the process, was happy to see the process pay off in the end.

“I was extremely excited that all the hard work and preparation, from both the city and Preble-Rish, Inc. had resulted in (Laurel Hill) receiving … funds for the street improvements,” she stated in an email. “It always feels good to know that you have contributed to something that can benefit others.”

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