Civic Center meets goal with USDA grant

A new sign was posted in front of the Selma Civic Center, 300 N. Webb St., which shows the $300,000 goal has been reached for renovation of the building.

Tobias Fullwood, area specialist for USDA, stationed in Smithfield, left, and Brian Queen, USDA community and economic development specialist presented the $197,266 Selma Civic Center grant.

By Steve Reed

sreed@kenlynews.com

Selma Town Council unanimously accepted a $197,266 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant last week that assures the Selma Civic Center will be completed.

The grant, along with funds already generated by the Civic Center Committee, will allow completion of the civic center project, estimated at $300,000.

Tobias Fullwood, area USDA specialist stationed in Smithfield, made the announcement at last week’s Council meeting. Brian Queen, USDA community and economic development specialist, accompanied him.

Councilmember Ann Williams, who spearheads the civic center project, said once all the documents are provided to the USDA state office, the official grant will be signed by the state director.

“The day that the grant is signed is when the project goes live and the money is available. We expect that to happen in the next week,” said Williams.

Williams said the grant would be used to install the new heat and sir-conditioning system, the new electrical, lighting, fire alarm and data systems and the sprinkler system. Depending on the bids, it should also pay for the new porches, ramp and sidewalk.

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