The city of Lumberton previously received a grant offer worth $2.5 million dollars to make much needed repairs to the city's sewer lines. The city was required to come up with 25% of that money to obtain the grant. According to Mayor Winston, the funding for the $625,000 has presented itself, and the city plans to take the next step to begin the repairs.
“It's not very many opportunities [that are] going to be presented that you can get a $2.5 million grant,” Lumberton mayor Ben Winston said. “Being able to find the 25% match like we did, [that] we were presented with it last week, we're looking at the possibility that we've already acquired the 25% match. This is a great opportunity for us; I'm excited about it, and we're ready to roll.”
Mayor Ben Winston and the Board of Aldermen requested the grant be re-written to include the city's water lines into the repair costs. The request was approved, and the city plans to move forward by holding a meeting explaining to city residents how the repairs will be made.