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Prichard Mayor says Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council didn't consider Prichard

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MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner is making it known he's not happy his city wasn't chosen for one of the more than 40 projects in Baldwin and Mobile counties 

"If we don't start funding these other cities who may not have the budget that a city like mobile may have, you're just a part of the problem in allowing the cities to deteriorate. Help them!" Gardner said.

A message Mayor Gardner had after the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council didn't vote to use restore act funds for drainage and sewer infrastructure improvements in his city.

"Other cities who had similar initiatives of infrastructure that they put it, they received it and we didn't," Gardner said.

Satsuma was selected to receive $1.76 million for a water and sewer project. Chickasaw was also selected to get $1.25 million for a similar project.
Mayor Gardner says the recovery council didn't have anyone to represent Prichard.

"There's no way that a board, the way that it's set up, is going to have each of those other cities, who are not sitting there, interest at heart. No way," Gardner said. 

The Recovery Council is a 10-member board made up of six gulf coast mayors, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the director of the Alabama State Port Authority and a Baldwin and Mobile county commissioner. Gardner said he feels the council did the best it could but should have focused more on actual cities instead of individual projects.

"It's disheartening to find that a board who is also familiar with many of the issues and concerns would choose private partner's projects within some cities jurisdictions over a city," Gardner said.

One Mobile County project getting money is a welcome center in historic Africatown. Mayor Gardner said he plans to speak with Governor Ivey, state senators and representatives so Prichard isn't overlooked again.

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