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      High-tech city, infrastructure and road improvements big on Mayor's HUD wish list

      Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. (abc3340.com)

      Monday night, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made recommendations to city council on how to spend more than 48-million dollars in Community Development Block Grants for H.U.D money..

      Nearly $500,000 would help rebuild the Salvation Army's homeless shelter and $1 million would be allocated to Habitat for Humanity. The plan also includes improvements to parks and roads.

      Mayor Maddox wants to use $2.8 million for a public technology library in Alberta and he wants to use more than $5 million to upgrade the city's technology infrastructure, which could provide high-speed internet city-wide.

      City council members hope to vote on the proposals by May 7. If HUD approves the plan, the city will have two years to make it all happen.

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