Alba pursing grant funds to help revitalize city drainage system


Alba City Council discussed the possible award of a Texas Community Development Block Grant at last week´s regular council meeting. If selected, Alba would receive the grant this upcoming Spring.

The city unanimously approved Resource Management and Consulting of Paris, Texas, to conduct all application and administration services for the grant. The last grant Alba received under this program was in the value of $275,000.

Successfully securing the grant should allow Alba to create ditches on all city streets presently without ditches, and to clean and maintain the present ditches within the city. In short, the grant should be sufficient to revitalize the entire city drainage system. Water Manager Paul Kelbe highlighted the importance of conducting this upgrade coincident to the already approved sewage system reconstruction. Council Member Tammy Kirkpatrick questioned whether a grant of that value would be sufficient to do the ditches city-wide. Kelbe stated that he believed it would be sufficient. City Secretary Lindy McCarty stated the application for the grant starts in October with grant award to be announced in March or April.

In related activity, the council issued a resolution supporting the Alba Economic Development Corporation application for a Texas Parks Grant. The grant would be for the purpose of installing playround equipment at the city park. The Economic Development Corporation would be committing matching funds should the state park grant be awarded.

In personnel matters, council approved Miste Davis to continue serving as one of three Alba representatives to the Wood County Industrial Commission. Council also approved a Letter of Engagement with Certified Public Accountant Norman White. The fee for retaining the CPA´s services is $10,100.

There were no citizen comments before the board. Mayor Sonny Hass was joined by Council Members Larry Harris, Larry Jones, Robert Kraemer and Kirkpatrick. Council Member Marja Heinert was absent.