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City of Como Receives Community Assistance Grant

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Como, Texas –The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) was pleased to award the City of Como a Community Assistance Program Grant on November 4, as part of SRA’s Fiscal Year 2021 Economic Development Initiative. The $20,000 check will be used to assist the City to repair and upgrade an older water well.

On hand for a Nov. 4 Community Assistance Program Grant presentation to the City of Como were (left) Beth Purcell, Representing State Senator Bob Hall; Jeanette Sterner (President), SRA Board Member; Mary Doss, Secretary City of Como; Honorable Jerry Radney, Mayor City of Como; Jeffery D. “Jeff” Jacobs, SRA Board Member; Troy Henry, SRA Upper Basin Regional Manager; and Craig Vaughn, Water Operator, City of Como.

David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager, in a letter to the City, wrote “The city’s project to repair and upgrade an older water well in order to put it back in service to supply increased demand in the City’s service area is an initiative that SRA supports in its efforts to improve water and wastewater systems throughout the basin” and “SRA looks forward to working with the City in the future as we continue to focus on increasing the economic vitality of the Sabine River Basin.”

Funds provided for the Community Assistance Grant Program must fall within four project categories, which include 1) Water Supply; 2) Wastewater Management. 3) Water Conservation; and 4) Water Quality and most are limited to $10,000 per project. Funds for the grant to the City of Como were approved by SRA’s Board of Directors in October 2020.

In order to be eligible for the Community Assistance Program, applicants should be a governmental entity, district, or a non-profit, member-owned water supply corporation or sewer service corporation and located within the Sabine River Basin of Texas.

Water resource projects should be consistent with the statutory mission of SRA. Other entities may be awarded grants at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Created as a conservation and reclamation district in 1949, responsibilities of the SRA are to control, store, preserve and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary system for useful purposes.

The Sabine River Basin covers a large portion of East Texas with a population of over 551,000 in all or part of 21 counties according to U.S. 2010 Census figures. A large portion of that area is rural in nature.

For more information about SRA’s Community Assistance Program, contact Jamie East at (409) 746-2192 or email: [email protected]

Author: Faith Huffman

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