September 8, 2010 Edition

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WR receives drainage grant

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers announced on Friday that the city of Walnut Ridge has received a $103,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The grant is for drainage improvements on three city streets.

East Elm, Northwest Seventh and Walnut Street were the areas that met the criteria to receive the grant.

"Drainage is something we work on in some capacity every week," Rogers said. "Receiving grant money such as this to work on a drainage project will make a huge impact in these particular areas."

The grant will pay for new culverts and roadside ditches and replacing cross drains and outfall ditches.

"Our former street superintendent, the late Jim Poindexter, was very instrumental in obtaining this grant," Rogers said. "We began work on the grant in 2009, and Jim did a tremendous job in keeping up with the amount of rainfall that caused the streets to flood, taking pictures of the flooded areas and gathering information and statistics needed to qualify for the grant."

The grant had very specific guidelines that the three areas had to meet. Other areas in the city did not qualify for this particular grant.

Work will be done on Northwest Seventh Street (beside Captain Catfish) from West Main Street to West Walnut and on West Walnut Street, as well as on East Elm Street. Both areas have had serious drainage problems for some time. Construction work should begin in a couple of months.

David Hopkins of Landmark Engineering and Surveying will be the project engineer, and Candy Jones will be the grant administrator. Lindsey Jester of AEDC will serve as the grants manager for the project.

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