The city of Comer was promised $1.3 million in grant funds in recent years for city improvement projects.
While the state is feeling a financial pinch, there’s been no indication that the city won’t get promised grant money.
“We’re still on go,” said City Clerk Steve Sorrells. “We haven’t heard that we’re not.”
Sorrells said the city hasn’t received any funds but that the grants are reimbursable. The city has been promised a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $500,000, a $200,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant a Transportation grant (or T-grant) of $609,000.
The city is planning a stormwater system to prevent flooding around town, keeping water from running into buildings. This will include improvements to sidewalks with curb and guttering. The estimated cost of the project is $726,000.
The city is also planning to use the T-grant for a welcoming center and museum with historic exhibits in the old livery stable behind city hall.