The City of Tallassee has been awarded a $2.4 million federal grant to overhaul its sewer system and Mayor Johnny Hammock said the money is an answer to prayers.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Economic Development Administration awarded the grant to upgrade Tallassee’s sewer collection system and construct a new treatment plant.
“This will pay for half of our $4.8 million sewer upgrades,” Hammock said. “I want to thank God for answering my prayers. This is a great day for the city of Tallassee.”
According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 10 jobs, retain 2,059 jobs and spur $455,000 in private investment.
“Infrastructure is important to the Trump administration because it helps further propel economic advancements in our country,” Ross said. “This investment in the city of Tallassee and the surrounding region will provide the tools necessary for business growth in the advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and automotive sectors.”
Hammock’s administration said issues with the city’s infrastructure have been sweep under the rug for many years and he is thankful for the help of many local, state and federal officials, including the city council, Greg Clark and the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, Alabama Power and Jeff Harrison with CDG Engineers.
“It’s my mission as governor to help plant seeds for opportunity across every corner of Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Enhancing infrastructure is a necessary component for future growth. I am grateful to the U.S. Department of Commerce and Secretary Wilbur Ross for selecting Tallassee to receive these critical enhancements.”
Shelby said the grant will make life better for Tallassee residents.
“The water and wastewater system upgrades will improve quality of life for residents and promote efficiency throughout the local business community, allowing for further expansion,” Shelby said.