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County to help Bryson with CDBG grant

County officials and the City of Bryson have entered into an agreement to help the city get a Community Development Black Grant.

During a regular meeting Feb. 25, Bryson Mayor Sheila Birdwell asked the court for an in-kind donation to help the city receive a grant which will be used to dig a new water well and replace water lines.

Bryson leaders are looking to lessen the city’s dependence on Graham as its water source.

The grant would cover 90 percent of the costs but the city must come up with 10 percent either in cash or donation. Birdwell asked the county for workers to haul gravel and possibly redo a ditch once lines are installed, which she estimates will be about three days work.

Since the city was funded in the previous two-year grant cycle, the chances of getting funded are not good, Birdwell contends. Precinct 3 Commissioner Henry Birdwell, Mayor Birdwell’s husband, abstained from the vote.

To read the complete article, see the March 6 edition of the Herald-Gazette.

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