Soddy-Daisy applies for grants for sewer, sidewalk

Soddy-Daisy applies for grants for sewer, sidewalk

April 6th, 2011 by Katie Ward in Community Hixson

The city of Soddy-Daisy is applying for grants to improve sewer and sidewalks at the northern end of the city.

Mayor Jim Adams said the city is applying for a $340,000 Community Development Block Grant to extend sewer service to Durham Stree, which is located on the south end of the Soddy-Daisy Kids Club ball fields.

"We want low- to middle-income families to be able to tap onto the sewer," said Adams.

Soddy-Daisy City Manager Hardie Stulce said if the sewer grant is awarded, the project would be 80 percent funded by the federal government and 20 percent by local matching funds. The grant will be awarded or denied in August or September.

A Soddy-Daisy Resolution says matching sewer funds will be provided by Hamilton County Wastewater Treatment Authority.

"For the sewer project, we hired an engineer and submitted an application," said Stulce. "We decided to apply for it because residents had septic tank issues on Durham Street. It will simply be a sewer line."

Stulce said 23 households on Durham Street qualify for the low- to moderate-income eligibility, so residents living in those homes will not pay a sewer connection fee. Twelve households on Durham Street did not qualify for the LMI connection, according to him, so those residents will have to pay to tap onto the sewer.

The city is also applying for a $250,000 Tennessee Safe Routes to School Grant for Soddy Elementary School.

"Soddy Elementary School and Woodmore Elementary School were selected for Safe Routes to School through the Tennessee Department of Transportation," said Adams.

If the city receives the 100 percent federally funded grant, the Safe Route sidewalk would extend along parts of Durham Street, Spring Street, Walker Road and Old Dayton Pike, Stulce said.

"Safe Routes to School targets a half-mile radius around the school," said Stulce. "It tries to get students to walk to school instead of parents driving them to school."

The streets surrounding Soddy Elementary have no shoulder or designated walking area at present, he pointed out. He said the safe routes grant will be awarded or denied in August or September.