New street and drainage improvements are coming to Tintown, thanks to a successful Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. The City of Bisbee secured the grant in partnership with Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO), which manages the rural CDBG program for Southeast Arizona. The grant was also helped by matching funds from the Cochise County Flood Control District. The funding comes from the Colonias Set-Aside, a bi-annual competitive CDBG round through the Arizona Department of Housing.
CDBG funds have improved Tintown for the past three years. In 2018, a drainage basin was installed north of the neighborhood. In 2019 another CDBG grant funded street improvements, channeling stormwater from the new basin along paved streets with curb and gutter. The Colonias grant award announced October 1st will complete the system, paving streets along the Highway 92 frontage and the remaining unimproved streets in Tintown.
Monsoon flooding of streets and homes has been a yearly hardship for Tintown residents. The improvements now in place are already working. The final phase will give Tintown a complete set of paved streets with drainage improvements designed to alleviate flooding.
Construction is expected to begin this fall.