The Alabama Historical Commission this month awarded a $5,000 grant to Hobson City, money the town’s mayor says will be spent restoring the building now used as Town Hall.

What form exactly that restoration will take has yet to be determined.

“We’ll see how best to use that,” Mayor Alberta McCrory said by phone Tuesday. One possible use, she said, is purchasing display cases for historical documents and items now housed in an archival room in Town Hall.

McCrory sought the Town Council’s permission to apply for the grant in July, seeking up to $50,000 for help repairing the building’s leaking roof.

The grant was one of 39 awarded for a total of $300,000, according to Tryon McLaney, a specialist at the commission.

Money received may only be spent on historic restoration of a building, he said, and not on operational expenses — utility bills or payroll, for example.

Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.

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