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Central Savannah River Area RC CHIP Grant Administration

Many communities in the Central Savannah River region are facing the reality of an aging housing stock. Some communities have been particularly active in working to address this issue and are actively working to improve substandard housing. The CSRA Regional Commission has closely partnered with these communities at every step in the process of addressing this need, from community planning to grant writing to grant administration.

The Regional Commission's local government services department has been active in administering Community HOME Investment Program grant funds. Examples can be found in the communities of Sandersville, Waynesboro and Wrens, which have each improved numerous properties through this program. All of the communities identified substandard housing as an issue in their comprehensive plans and have maintained a focus on improving housing in plan updates. In recent years, each have completed multiple rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in partnership with the Regional Commission, making a tangible improvement in the lives of residents and the quality of neighborhoods.

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CSRA RC - Kettle Creek Battlefield Master Plan

The Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission was recognized by the National Association of Development Organizations in 2013 for its Kettle Creek Battlefield Master Plan. This plan was developed the CSRA staff to serve as a guide for actions and policies affecting this Revolutionary War battle site in Wilkes County. The Battlefield site was identified in the CSRA Regional Resource Plan as being very vulnerable, threatened by development pressures and logging activities. The plan addressed purchase of the site, protection of the resource and development of the site as a public park. It will eventually be part of the “13th Colony Trail” under development by the GA Department of Economic Development that will include the cities of Augusta, Washington, Sylvania, Savannah and Brunswick. Central Savannah River Area Region

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CSRA RC GIS Contracts with SGRC

In a successful example of inter-regional cooperation, the Central Savannah River RC contracts with the Southern RC for Geographic Information System (GIS) work. In this way, the CSRA gets quality mapping work done for its local governments while at the same time eliminating the need for a full-time, in-house GIS person at their Augusta headquarters. This contract is managed by the CSRA planning department, with individual requests for services occurring throughout the year from cities and counties it serves. Under the contract, services from Southern RC are provided at a predetermined hourly rate for digital work. SRC only provides the digital information for these mapping products, the CSRA, or in some cases the local governments, have the ability to read, plot or print these mapping products out as needed. Central Savannah River Area Region

http://www.csrardc.org/csra/index.html
 
CSRA RC Grant Administration

Many communities in the Central Savannah River region are facing the reality of an aging housing stock. Some communities have been particularly active in working to address this issue and are actively working to improve substandard housing. The CSRA Regional Commission has closely partnered with these communities at every step in the process of addressing this need, from community planning to grant writing to grant administration.

The Regional Commission's local government services department has been active in administering Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) grant funds. Examples can be found in the communities of Sandersville, Waynesboro and Wrens, which have each improved numerous properties through this program. All of the communities identified substandard housing as an issue in their comprehensive plans and have maintained a focus on improving housing in plan updates. In recent years, each have completed multiple rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in partnership with the Regional Commission, making a tangible improvement in the lives of residents and the quality of neighborhoods.
Central Savannah River Region
706-210-2000

http://www.csrarc.ga.gov
 
Millen Sewer Improvements

A decade ago, the city of Millen's sewer system was in dire need of repair, with the majority of its collection lines deteriorated to the point of needing to be replaced or slip-lined. The community made addressing its infrastructure a major focus in its 2004 comprehensive plan and has maintained that emphasis in subsequent updates in 2009 and 2012. This focus on fixing what it has rather than adding new infrastructure has paid dividends for Millen. In 2012, it was awarded more than $450,000 in CDBD funds for sewer line repair or replacement. This work was accomplished on time and under budget, allowing Millen to perform additional work on other areas. Millen has now upgraded a significant portion of its sewer system, improving the quality of the community for its current and future residents.
http://www.jenkinscountyga.com/govt_millen.html
 
Millen Sewer improvements

A decade ago, the city of Millen's sewer system was in dire need of repair, with the majority of its collection lines deteriorated to the point of needing to be replaced or slip-lined. The community made addressing its infrastructure a major focus in its 2004 comprehensive plan and has maintained that emphasis in subsequent updates in 2009 and 2012. This focus on fixing what it has rather than adding new infrastructure has paid dividends for Millen. In 2012, it was awarded more than $450,000 in CDBD funds for sewer line repair or replacement. This work was accomplished on time and under budget, allowing Millen to perform additional work on other areas. Millen has now upgraded a significant portion of its sewer system, improving the quality of the community for its current and future residents.  
Wadley CDBF-Funded Infrastructure Improvements

At the time of Wadley's last full comprehensive plan, the city's sewer system was literally crumbling, with numerous clay pipes that had cracked or broken. This resulted in blockages, pooling water and stormwater infiltration, which created excessive flows into treatment facilities. The problem was identified as a priority in the joint Jefferson County comprehensive plan of 2004 and has been included in updates, most recently the city's 2013 short-term work program.

Since then, the city has successfully applied for $1 million in CDBG funds, which it has used for a major overhaul of the sewer system. This has directly benefited hundreds of Wadley residents and, more broadly, has improved the city's economic prospects and water quality regionally.
http://www.cityofwadley.com/ http://jeffersoncounty.org/wadley.htm

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Washington's Historic North Alexander School

The historic 1897 North Alexander School complex in Washington is unique because its four historic buildings and campus are intact. The main historic school building is dated to 1897 and in the process of restoration. The 1940s class room building is the headquarters for the Washington-Wilkes County Board of Education and the former 1930s gym and armory buildings are actively used as the Washington Little Theater.

The historic school received grant funds to restore about 15-20 second floor original historic windows. The work is being done by removing the windows four at a time; a craftsman is restoring them to be operational, and re-installing them in place. The City of Washington partnered with the North Alexander School Association, Inc. (NASA) on this project. As the local government entity, the City received $22,700 in Certified Local Government funds through the Washington Historic Preservation Commission.

In addition, the historic campus received a planning grant to develop a landscape plan for the based on historic photos, documents, and existing landscape features. The Garden Club of Georgia awarded $3,000 to NASA to implement the landscape plan.

http://www.cityofwashingtonga.gov/
 
Washington, GA's North Alexander School

The historic 1897 North Alexander School complex in Washington is unique because its four historic buildings and campus are intact. The main historic school building is dated to 1897 and in the process of restoration. The 1940s class room building is the headquarters for the Washington-Wilkes County Board of Education and the former 1930s gym and armory buildings are actively used as the Washington Little Theater.

The historic school received grant funds to restore about 15-20 second floor original historic windows. The work is being done by removing the windows four at a time; a craftsman is restoring them to be operational, and re-installing them in place. The City of Washington partnered with the North Alexander School Association, Inc. (NASA) on this project. As the local government entity, the City received $22,700 in Certified Local Government funds through the Washington Historic Preservation Commission.

In addition, the historic campus received a planning grant to develop a landscape plan for the based on historic photos, documents, and existing landscape features. The Garden Club of Georgia awarded $3,000 to NASA to implement the landscape plan.
 

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