The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) was pleased to award the City of Carthage a Community Assistance Program Grant on May 9th as part of SRA’s Fiscal Year 2023 Economic Development Initiative. The $20,000 check will be used to repair a main water line in the city. David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager, in a letter to the city, wrote “The city’s project to repair a 14-inch concrete water line near the intersection of Dixie Lake Road and Sabine Street is an initiative that SRA supports in its efforts to improve water and wastewater systems throughout the basin. SRA looks forward to working with the City of Carthage in the future as we continue to focus on increasing the economic vitality of the Sabine River Basin.” 

City Commissioners present were Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Hanszen, Tate Barber, Walta Cooke, Isha Brown, and City Manager Steve Williams. Mayor Olin Joffrion accepts the check from SRA Board Members, Cliff Todd, Elton Brock, Josh McAdams and Darrin Rudolph. Regional Managers Troy Henry and Don Iles were also present and explained some of the projects and purposes of the SRA.

Funds provided for the Community Assistance Grant Program must fall within four project categories, which include 1) Water Supply; 2) Wastewater Management; 3) Water Conservation; and 4) Water Quality and most are limited to $20,000 per project. Funds for the grant to City of Carthage were approved by SRA’s Board of Directors in March 2023.

In order to be eligible for the Community Assistance Program, applicants should be a governmental entity, district, or a non-profit, member-owned water supply corporation or sewer service corporation and located within the Sabine River Basin of Texas. The Sabine River Authority was created by the Legislature in 1949 as an official agency of the
State of Texas and covers all or part of 21 counties in East Texas. The Authority serves as a conservation and reclamation district with responsibilities to control, store, preserve, and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary streams for useful purposes.

For more information about SRA’s Community Assistance Program, contact Zach Johnson at (409) 746-2192 or email: