City Council announces grants

Published 4:49 pm Monday, November 14, 2011

During their regular meeting Monday afternoon, the Atmore City Council announced Atmore has recently been on the receiving end of two grants.

Mayor Howard Shell said a $3,500 grant from Rep. Alan Baker’s discretionary fund has been presented to the city. Shell said the funds have been earmarked, with $1,500 going to Atmore Public Library and $1000 going to both Atmore’s fire and police departments.

Shell also announced the city will receive $450,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will be used to improve existing sewer lines along Wilson Avenue.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

In other business the council approved an amendment to a zoning ordinance allowing for the increased ability for non-conforming uses and structures to meet minimum requirements.

A non-conforming use or structure is a development that was lawfully established or constructed, but does not conform to present requirements.

City code enforcement officer Chris Black said the amendment should make it easier for people to alter these uses or structures should the need arise.