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$300,000 grant awarded

Published 1:01pm Monday, June 23, 2014

The Lawrence County Commission has authorized the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization to apply for several Community Development Block Grants, two of which would go toward improvements in the City of Ironton.

The larger of the two grants is $300,000 to re-locate utilities on 3 1/2 Alley and remove eyesores; utility and power lines will be buried.

“If you look down (3 1/2 Alley) you will know this is a major project,” Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship, said. “A lot of cities across the country are moving toward underground utilities and (American Electric Power) is as well; this will definitely clean up downtown.”

Burying the lines will also decrease power outages, Blankenship said.

“From 3 ½ Alley toward Center Street the lines and the poles are old and susceptible to falling trees during storms,” Blankenship said. “Burying those lines also takes care of a safety issue.”

The other grant of $35,000, Blankenship said, is for general street improvements in the downtown area.

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  • bigkahuna

    I do not see any trees in that Alley where the power lines are to be buried.

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  • Digi

    Considering the cost of a citizen to remove a single tree from a yard, yes it’s much cheaper to bury the lines than remove trees. Although after the tree falling by the court house the city should consider helping people with trees that size remove them considering the cost on the average person to have it removed. It would be a huge safety issue also for people.

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