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$500K grant awarded for long-needed infrastructure in Milstead neighborhood
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(Left to right) Rockdale Water Resources Customer Service Director Al Ford, Rockdale Fire Chief Dan Morgan, Recreation and Maintenance Director Jackie Lunsford, Transporation Director Miguel Valentin, Grant Writer Alice Cintron, Stormwater Engineer Todd Cosby, Commission Chairman Richard Oden, Rockdale Neighborhood Stabilization Program Administrator Tanesha Lanier, Planning and Zoning Director Marshall Walker at the Sept. 17 BOC meeting with the presentation of the ceremonial check for the $500,000 Community Block Development Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. - photo by Michelle Kim

After a three year process of applications, Rockdale County was recently awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant that will help the community install long-needed water and drainage infrastructure in a forgotten corner of Milstead at Yellow and Grimes street. 

The drainage situation is to the point where every heavy rain brings flooding to a local church, still water pools in the lower levels of many of the homes, which are mostly occupied by the elderly and fixed or lower income residents. A house fire was not able to be extinguished due to a lack of water pressure, said Commission Chairman Richard Oden. While drains, pipes and streets are being ripped up and repaired, the county will also work on the neighborhood’s parks, he said.

“This is going to be a model community,” said Oden.

In 2010, the county recieved $300,000 in Community Home Improvement Program to repair homes of the elderly, disabled, veterans, and low-income, including at least one resident on Yellow Street.