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Portal receives $489,000 grant for sewer work
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      Portal Mayor Larry Motes recently received a $489,840 federal grant for the city from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program and Community Home Investment Program .
Awarded by State Sen. Jack Hill on Friday in Columbus, Motes welcomed the grant that will fund the second stage of sewer improvements for the town.
      Motes released a statement recently that the first phase of the SPLOST, GEFA, and federally-funded wastewater treatment facility work which began in March 2009 should be completed by the end of this year or early 2010.
      This first phase includes spray fields, a treatment plant, pumping station and drain lines on the right hand side of US 80 West.  The drain lines extend past the turpentine still, Rocky Ford Road, First Avenue, Paradise Estates and across US 80 on the left to include PM/HS.
      “Federally-funded grant money for each phase is awarded every two years and we have now received funding for the second phase,” Motes saidd.  
      Motes explained that since each federally-funded grant has a limit of $500,000, Portal will need to apply every two years for at least four or five more phases to complete the targeted work in Portal.
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