The Newland Board of Aldermen met August 4 and discussed grants to improve water and wastewater Infrastructure.

The Avery Journal reports the town is pursuing Asset Inventory Assessment grants through the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality.

The grants would provide $150,000 each to support the drinking water and wastewater systems for Newland.

The town applied for the grants last year, but according to Mike Tolsen of Rocky Mount civil engineering firm Mack Gay Associates, the town a point shy of qualifying.

Tolsen said with some tweaks to the application, and with feedback from the state, he believes at least one if not both grants are possible.

Aldermen unanimously approved the grant applications. Deadline for the application is September 30.

During the meeting Newland Police Chief Byron Clawson gave an update about increased call volume as well as four drug arrests in town in the last month, related to methamphetamine.

Town Manager Keith Hoilman told aldermen the town can expect to receive $18,000 as part of the next round of CARES Act funding.