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City awarded $500,000 grant for improvements

The City of Sylvania received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administered by Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs.
Sewer improvements will occur on Cail Street, Thompson Street, South Main Street, and Lee Street in addition to the Screven Memorial lift station which handles pumping sewage into the waste water treatment facility.
City Manager Stacy Mathis said the city would also put in $350,000 in funds from SPLOST and other sources. The $800,000 worth of improvements came about after the lines at addresses on the listed streets were viewed via camera and holes were found in abundance.
The residents were also surveyed and were a big part of how Sylvania received the grant, Mathis said.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced 71 communities and $35.8 million worth of improvements would be done.
“The annual Community Development Block Grant awards are one of DCA’s most well-known, competitive and far-reaching programs, touching cities and counties in every corner of the state,” said Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Gretchen Corbin in a press release. “We appreciate the vision and hard work that went into each application and look forward to working with these communities as they lay the groundwork for future growth.”
The improvements will serve at least 100 residents, of which 93 are low-moderate income, Mathis said.
The two-year process will begin shortly, with bids for the project occurring in the next few weeks. Mayor Margaret Evans and other councilmembers will likely attend the Sept. 5 check presentation ceremony at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Savannah.
Associates in Local Government helped the city write the grant and would continue working with the city to ensure the proper federal guidelines are met in the project.