Grant will shape future of Midland

The town of Midland will use the first grant in its 10-year history to turn itself into a more walkable and environmentally sustainable community, a goal residents asked for as the town developed its land use plan.

The $24,917, 15-month grant was awarded by the N.C. Division of Public Health's Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch as part of its Built Environment Policy Initiative Grants Program.

Midland was one of 11 N.C. cities and towns to receive the grants.

"This grant will enable us to make a difference in Midland by improving how our community develops in the future," Mayor Kathy Kitts said in a statement.

Don Fleener, mayor pro tem and director of planning services, said, "This grant award will enable the community to establish improved connectivity, sidewalks, safe neighborhoods and an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles.

"Midland hopes to gain a seat at the table in Raleigh to avoid future expansion of the bio-fuel transfer facility in its historic Downtown Midland Area," Fleener said.

"The grant funds will be used to seek protection in the future from potential loopholes in state policy that enabled the bio-fuel transfer facility to be constructed," he said.

For details, call Town Administrator David Pugh, 704-888-2232, ext. 11.