Block grants allocated
Community Development Block Grants will be spent on sewer and stormwater projects in the lower county and the old Armory building.
The grants originate with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and must be spent in low-to-moderate income communities.
Dorchester County Council voted this month to use its block grant to bring sewer to Coburn Town Road, which hosts a cluster of homes between the town of Ridgeville and U.S. 78.
The project will cost $453,650, most of which will be covered by the grant. The county will contribute $57,000 of in-house engineering and waive the $39,000 in impact fees.
Rev. Christopher Smith of Bethel AME Church in Ridgeville said the services are long-needed in a community that’s existed for 88 years.
There are three nearby projects he’d also like to see happen, he said: Campbell Thickett, Red Hill and the area behind the Carter’s gas station at U.S. 78 and S.C. 27.
Summerville’s finance committee also voted on its anticipated block grant this month.
The town plans to use $50,000 to abate the asbestos in the old National Guard Armory on North Hickory Street and $150,000 on a stormwater project in the Barony Ridge subdivision.
Mayor Bill Collins said that whatever the town decides to do with the armory – tear it down, renovate it for a police station, reuse it as a community center – the asbestos has to be dealt with.
The Barony Ridge subdivision is having problems with sinkholes along a stormwater line.