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Borger receives federal funds to improve drainage issues

Borger, Texas was officially recognized as one of several Texas communities to receive federal assistance funding to help grow their local economies. The city will receive $275,000 from the 2018 Texas Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Borger submitted the grant application in 2017.

“We are incredibly excited about the news for the Borger community where these funds will be used to help with some underlying stormwater issues,” said Ralph Earles, Director of Public Works.

The drainage infrastructure in the downtown area of Borger struggles to handle modest rain events. During past storm events several homes in this area have flooded.

To reduce the frequency of future stormwater flooding, the city desires to improve the infrastructure which collects and transports stormwater from this area. In this downtown area with commercial buildings and older homes, the drainage infrastructure lacks adequate inlets for stormwater to enter the collection system.

In addition, the collection system piping capacity required to move the stormwater is inadequate. Once the collection system is overwhelmed, stormwater has no other route than to travel above the ground which frequently causes damages to property and infrastructure.

The TxCDBG Program supports projects in Texas’ small and rural communities that assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. All of the Grant funding will go to address drainage improvements along 5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, Austin Street, McGee Street and Coble Drive.

 Earles said that several old cement inlets will be replaced, and new stormwater piping will be installed. More than 1,057 Borger residents will benefit from these improvements.

“Improving the infrastructure in this area will greatly improve the collection of stormwater for these storm events and improve the overall stormwater services to the Borger community,” said Scott Honeyfield, City Engineer with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. “In total, the project will cost more than $675,000. Additional Project funding above the $275,000 Grant will come from the city’s General Fund.”

“The City of Borger is excited about the Grant being funded to help our community and our homeowners. As a city, it is fiscally responsible to seek these types of grant funding opportunities to support our community and we are pleased to be able to step up and utilize these grant funds for community development,” said Bubba Dixon, Mayor.” This Project will directly protect property in the area and thus support the safety of our community.”

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