Clarkson eligible to apply for grant

By Don Brown -

Following a last-ditch effort to recanvas its sewer customers, the City of Clarkson announced that it will be eligible to apply for a federal, Community Development Block Grant to help pay for the $1 million upgrade of its sewer system.

In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, it had to be determined that at least 51 percent of the city’s sewer customers would have to be considered in the low-to-moderate income bracket.

With nearly all of the surveys being accounted for, Ashley Willoughby, of the Lincoln Trail Development District, told Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson the final tally will show that more than 60 percent of their customers would fall in that category.

The city will now apply for the grant and should learn by next spring if they will be receiving any monies.

In other business, following an executive session to discuss a possible land purchase, Henderson announced the city will be purchasing some two-and-a-half acres of land adjacent to the city’s Community Park which will be used for additional parking at the park.

“Parking has been a big problem at the park for a long time,” said Commissioner Bob Vincent. “This should help to alleviate that.”

The cost of the land, belonging to Mark Renfrow, is $65,000. The city will put down a payment of $20,000 toward the purchase, and will finance the balance through the Bank of Clarkson.

Henderson announced the city will be taking over the judging of the Honeyfest Decorating Contest this year. The judging will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 beginning at 2 p.m. and the city is looking for volunteers to help with the judging.

Henderson also announced that the Ribbon Cutting for the Kelley Beehive Company’s new facility will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a social hour, followed by speakers and a tour of the new facility.

Police Chief, Buck Meredith, told the commission that his first vehicle-safety road block was a success. He said speed has been a big problem in town and urged motorists to slow down when traveling the city’s streets.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

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