Grant money helps Phenix City projects

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  Phenix City is finding state money to help get some city projects up and running.

In Tuesday morning's council meeting, city officials agreed to apply for a couple of grants to help with some road construction.

The Phenix City Planning Department brought it to the council members' attention that the Shorter Heights neighborhood is in need of better fire protection, meaning they need upgraded water lines and new fire hydrants.

The city will apply for a $500,000 grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The money will also go towards fixing drainage facilities.

Angel Moore with the Phenix City Planning Department said, "This grant, if we get it, will allow us to go back in and put in water lines. It will allow us to install fire hydrants so we will have the fire department need satisfied. At the same time, when we replace the water lines we'll tear up the streets so we're also applying to get the streets resurfaced."

Council member will find out in October if they will get that grant money.

The Planning Department is also receiving a grant for new GPS mapping equipment.

The Phenix City Planning Department just received a $30,000 grant to purchase GPS mapping equipment.

The handheld technology will help create an in-depth map of the city's waterlines, manholes and piping systems underground. City planners tell us this is a big upgrade from their current technology. "We will actually be able to look at our map and go out into the field and be able to easily locate it with our GPS equipment. We'll be able to plug in a couple coordinates and be right on top of a man hole if we can't find it," said Moore.

The map created with the GPS system will help locate problems in a more efficient manner.

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