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City of Bridgeport discusses disaster funding

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Bridgeport City Council discussed applying for disaster recovery grants during a special meeting Friday.

During the heavy rains of 2015, the city experienced multiple floods. City Manager Jesica McEachern told the council federal grant funding is available to help with two non-housing projects related to flood damages. The grant proposals would be to repair the sewer system along Harwood Park and through Turkey Creek and the construction of a new fire station, since the current station is located within the flood plain.

The city applied for a grant to repair the Turkey Creek portion of the sewer system in 2015, and the cost at that time was around $400,000. Costs for a new fire station vary depending on whether the city chooses to build a full station with sleeping quarters or just bays and an office. Under this grant, McEachern said the city would only be able to afford building new bays, a bathroom and an office.

The council voted to award bids for professional services to assist with preparation of both grant applications.

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