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2010-07-29 / Front Page

Rural State Agency Awards $250,000 Grant to Lexington

The City of Lexington was awarded another $250,000 grant from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) last week. On hand to accept the grant were (left to right) Lexington Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., Michelle Spodnik with TDRA, Kelle Odom with TDRA, Pam Cox with the City of Lexington, Vicki Spiess with Kerbow and Assoc, Brian Flowers with the City of Lexington, and Paul Boyer with The Wallace Group, the City’s engineering firm. The City of Lexington was awarded another $250,000 grant from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) last week. On hand to accept the grant were (left to right) Lexington Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., Michelle Spodnik with TDRA, Kelle Odom with TDRA, Pam Cox with the City of Lexington, Vicki Spiess with Kerbow and Assoc, Brian Flowers with the City of Lexington, and Paul Boyer with The Wallace Group, the City’s engineering firm. The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) presented the City of Lexington with an oversized, ceremonial check to recognize the community for their hard work in securing a grant from the agency’s Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program. Agency staff presented the check on July 22, 2010 at Lexington City Hall to Mayor Robert Willrich and some of his staff.

“We are very pleased to award this grant to Lexington,” said Charles S. (Charlie) Stone, executive director of TDRA. “Community development projects such as this help Texans in rural communities improve their quality of life significantly.”

The City of Lexington will use its $250,000 grant to make continued improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant by rehabilitating three ponds.

“Texas CDBG is a competitive grant program, so the community of Lexington is to be commended for their hard work and diligence in pursuing this grant, said Mark Wyatt, director of TDRA’s community development division.

The grants come from the Texas Community Development Block Grant program, the largest CDBG program in the nation. Rural cities with populations less than 50,000 and counties that have a nonmetropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD may apply for the agency’s TxCDBG program. This program serves 1,017 eligible rural communities.

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