By Dixon Hayes
CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Community leaders in Calhoun County say now that the Veterans' Memorial Parkway is almost complete, and already open to traffic, they're ready for their next big project.
They are looking for state, local and federal funding for a major wastewater treatment facility.
"I mean, it's not a sexy topic, but it would be one of the biggest economic development projects in the county's future for the next 50 years," says U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks), who's on board with the idea.
Rogers says residents in areas like Saks would be able to abandon their septic tanks in favor of a sewer system served by the new facility, but says it's especially important in attracting business to the old Fort McClellan Army base.
"McClellan('s current facility) has some sewage capacity for maybe one new tenant, commercial tenant, once the bypass is complete. But if we were to land the big prospect, they wouldn't come because we don't have sewage capability to take them right away," Rogers says.
Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson called for the funding at the Wednesday ceremony that dedicated the Veterans' Memorial Parkway. He said it would be "world class" because of the quality of the Anniston Waterworks.
"It will mean jobs, lots of jobs, without it, industrial development will be limited at McClellan and the 431 corridor," Robinson said.
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