Marshall sewer project completed, includes service to new hotel

Photo: Mayor Kevin Elliott celebrated the milestone of the City of Marshall’s sewer rehabilitation and expansion project at city hall with some of the members contributing to the achievement — (from left) Tina M. Cole, Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), grant administrator for the project; Tony Sonyani, developer, Southern Comfort Hospitality, LLC; Bruce Holland, AR Natural Resources; Jeremy Rawn, Engineering Services Inc., engineering for the project; Kevin Elliott, mayor of Marshall; Chairman Chris Caldwell, Delta Regional Authority, funder of the grant for the project; Joe Willis, NWAEDD director; Elijah Snow, Sen. John Boozman’s field representative; Sarah Rooney, City of Marshall; and Christina Watts, City of Marshall. Photo: Courtesy NWAEDD

The formal announcement of the completion of the City of Marshall’s sewer rehabilitation and expansion project was made earlier this month by Mayor Kevin Elliott. The project was made possible through a grant of $231,770 from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) assisted the City of Marshall in obtaining the grant.

The funds allowed Marshall to extend existing sewer lines for a new hotel that will boost job growth for the area. The Marshall Elementary School will also benefit from increased sewage capacity.

Mayor Elliott congratulated those involved, saying he “wants to make a change to better the area.” He went on to say, “Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District was a huge asset.” NWAEDD’s, Tina Cole, assisted Marshall with securing the funding and throughout the project with grant administration services. Other attendees included Jeremy Rawn from Engineering Services Inc. who provided the professional engineering services for the project.

DRA enhances regional economic opportunity by working to create jobs, build communities and improve the lives of over 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell says, “DRA’s critical investment into vital infrastructure will ultimately strengthen economic success in Marshall.” Caldwell also notes, “None of this would have been possible without support from the Arkansas congressional delegation, especially Senator (John) Boozman and Congressman Rick Crawford.”

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