MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) –
Prichard Mayor Jimmy Gardner said his city was left out of funding for improvement projects along the Gulf Coast. This comes after Alabama state leaders made their recommendations to fund projects with money from penalties resulting from the BP Oil Spill.
Last week the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council recommended funding more than 40 projects to the tune of more than $300 million.
Prichard city leaders had hoped money for drainage and sewer infrastructure improvements on West Turner Road and Lovejoy Loop would be a project included, but it wasn’t.
Prichard spokesperson Melanie Baldwin runs the city’s twitter account. She posted multiple tweets on the city feeling left out on their share of the money, saying in one tweet "There was a slight disparity in the allocation of the funds (with) heaviness towards Baldwin and Mobile Counties."
Another one said "One thing that wasn’t discussed is that since they are repairing some of the municipalities around Prichard, when the water runs through Prichard it will cause more issues for the city of Prichard…"
Over the phone, Baldwin said she wants to encourage Prichard residents to make their voice heard by joining in on the discussion during a 45-day public comment period.
Baldwin said Mayor Gardner plans to speak out on not receiving funds in the next coming weeks.
For more information on how you can join the discussion, visit https://restorealabama.org/DRAFT-MIP-SEP-PROJECTS
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