City leaders to meet with congressional delegationPublished 1:02pm Monday, February 3, 2014
Leaders in the City of Hartselle are meeting with local representatives of Congress to seek help with numerous city projects.
Several of the top projects include the widening of Highway 36 and the Thompson Road widening project.
City leaders are also hoping to acquire additional funding to study additional measures to prevent flooding in downtown Hartselle.
Mayor Don Hall said the city is proposing a $300,000 grant that would be used to mitigate flooding on the west side of the railroad tracks. Currently, the city is planning to construct a retention pond to reduce water flow from a creek that runs under the railroad tracks and underground through the central business district.
“We’d like to study other areas to help prevent flooding on the west side of the tracks,” Hall said.
The city is also hoping to land grants for a new fire engine, new self-contained breathing apparatuses for the fire department, additional weather sirens and a community shelter.
He said the city is also asking for help with purchasing “blue line” credits to expand the life expectancy of the city’s current landfill.
Hall added that Kathy White Goodwin will represent Decatur Morgan Hospital and will lobby to help increase Medicaid reimbursements to Alabama health care facilities.
“Alabama has the lowest medical reimbursements of all 50 states,” Hall said. “Of that, Morgan County receives the lowest reimbursements in our state. She is going to ask them for help on these fronts.”
Hartselle Utilites representatives will also be asking for a grant to help with its wastewater treatment facility.
However, Hall said the meeting is not just about asking for more money. He said the city plans to update local representatives on the progress of other projects they helped secure funding for.
“We want them to know that we are making progress on these projects,” Hall said.