Vaiden Mayor Mel Hawthorne has his fingers crossed about this one and he hopes all will fall in Vaiden’s favor.
The town of Vaiden is set to submit their application for a Small Muncipalities Grant worth $150,000 in hopes of repairing some of the town’s streets.
“My fingers are definitely crossed when I think about this grant,” Hawthorne said. “There’s only ten municipalities that will be awarded with the grant and our streets need the attention.”
According to Hawthorne, the application for the grant will be sent on July 31, and there have been letters written by residents and public officials in support of Vaiden receiving the grant.
Letters of support have been written by the town’s three elected state officials, Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, Rep. Linda Whittington, of House District 34 and Rep. Jason White, of House District 48.
The Small Municipal and Limited Population Counties Grant Program provides funds for publicly owned infrastructure for community based projects. Funding from this program can be used by small municipalities and counties to assist with public facilities and infrastructure needs.
Projects eligible for the grant include drainage systems, water and sewer systems and building roads and bridges.
Potholes and ridged conditions are causing problems for motorists on Flowers Street, Cherry Street, North Street, Magnolia Street and Elm Street. Hawthorne said this attempt would be the third time that the town has made an effort to get an overlay street project grant.
“It’s one of those things where every town says they have bad streets and roads,” Hawthorne said. “But as a small town, we have to get some attention for our streets.”
For many of the streets in Vaiden, they have only received patch ups after the water pipe project from four years ago, where the town’s iron pipes were replaced by PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes.
Vaiden resident Clarence Pierce, former Mississippi legislator, said Elm Street is home to many of the graves of the Vaiden’s founding fathers at the Vaiden Cemetery.
“There’s portions of that street that collapsed,” Pierce said. “I’ve written a letter stressing how important this is to this town’s history. I thought with us making a case for this, it could catch the eye of someone to get us the money for repairs.”