Governor Sonny Perdue announced Friday that Pembroke has been awarded $500,000 in federal grant money for water and sewer improvements, a press release from the Office of the Governor said.The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP), the release said.
"We’re excited, I’ll tell you that right now," said City of Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook. "This will be our third CDBG, we’ve gotten it every time we’ve applied."
The grant will allow the city to put in new fire hydrants in the area they are working on improving.
"It really helps us with our infrastructure, and it’s really important for the area we’re doing. We’ve had several fires over the last few years, including some recent ones," she said.
Cook said the funding is useful to the city because it has allowed Pembroke to continue improving, at no added cost to residents.
In the late 1990s property was annexed into the city of Pembroke, and while most people in the annexed area had water, they did not have fire hydrants, Cook said.
Georgia has been awarded nearly $42 million in federal grants this year. More than $34.2 million has been allocated for CDBG awards.