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NRCS funds may help with road repairs

Published: 8:45 AM, 08/01/2013 Last updated: 8:46 AM, 08/01/2013
 

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Members of the Cocke County Legislative Body’s Finance Committee learned Tuesday the county may get some much-needed assistance to cover the cost of making road repairs in the Del Rio area.

Several roads were damaged by erosion and slides during a heavy rainstorm on July 19.

Current estimates estimate the damages at more than a half-million dollars for 41 different sites.

Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore said, “We had a meeting this afternoon. The estimated cost is $631,290. The National Resource Conservation Service helps with creek side stabilization and we may be able to get funding.”

Moore said, according to District Conservationist of Cocke County Michael McElroy, the funds usually require a 25 percent match from the county. “If certain criteria are met, they will provide 90 percent funding,” he said. “We just missed on that. But, we may be able to get a waiver. We will find out if we are approved for the funding in a couple of weeks.”

Moore said the Cocke County Highway Department will do most of the work. “Hopefully, with the work they can do and what we will get paid, it will cover all of the costs,” concluded Moore.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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