Wadesboro council applies for improvement grants

By: By Natalie Davis - ndavis@ansonrecord.com

The Wadesboro Town Council approved three grants at Monday’s monthly meeting.

The purpose of the Carolina Thread Trail Grant would be for corridor planning and right-of-way acquisition for a natural surface trail greenway connecting uptown Wadesboro, Wadesboro Park and Morven Road.

There is no match required for this grant, and the maximum amounts that can be applied for are $20,000 for the corridor planning grant and $150,000 for the right-of-way acquisition.

“We are not sure how much we will be applying for at this juncture,” said Ray Allen, interim town manager.

The deadline for the application is April 27. This section of potential greenway was identified in the Wadesboro Pedestrian Plan developed in 2014. The Carolina Thread Trail is an organization that supports greenway development in a multi-county region. Learn more about the organization and its mission at its website, carolinathreadtrail.org.

USDA Rural Development loan application is for a low interest low, with possible partial grant for water and sewer improvements.

The total estimated cost is $6.3 million and would include funds for replacement of two sewer pump stations, sewer lines and associated equipment; and for replacement of water lines in several areas.

The council also is applying for a grant from the NC Department of Commerce for utility improvements to make theWadesboro Industrial Park more readily available for new industrial prospects.

The estimated total cost of improvements — including streets, on-site and off-site water and sewer — is $2,026,925. The town is applying for the cost of off-site utility improvements, which is $1,038,050. The amount of the grant, if awarded, would be $778,538. The town would provide a 25 percent match of $259,512.

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By Natalie Davis

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