Kentucky cities, counties get $220,000 in USDA loans, grants

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Four Kentucky projects totaling more than $220,000 are among 94 nationwide in 23 states sharing $153 million in United States Department of Agriculture loans and grants.

“Rural America needs safe, modern infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said.

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The money can be used to build or upgrade a wide-range of rural community facilities such as schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. As examples Band cited $29 million loan for an emergency room addition at an Iowa hospital and $18. million to renovate a school in Tennessee.

The four Kentucky projects are smaller. They include:

— $40,000 in loans and $120,000 in grants to build a 200-square-foot addition to the law
enforcement department section of Owingsville City Hall. This will provide space for a larger evidence room and a restroom, along with new sidewalks and concrete drives, a security system, furniture, new signage, and three flagpoles;

  • $7200 in loans and $21,300 in grants to the city of Arlington to buy a four-wheel drive pickup truck for the city’s Road Department. It will be used as a multi-functional vehicle for public safety, traffic control, clearing roadways, and emergency response in Carlisle County;
  • $56,700 in loans and $30,430 in grants to the city of Springfield to buy two replacement vehicles for the city’s law enforcement department;
  • A $56,800 loan to the Hickman County Fiscal Court to make repairs and/or replace the county courthouse’s deteriorating roof. Renovations will include the removal and disposal of the existing roof, installation of a new roof, gutters, and fascia.

The projects announced Wednesday are in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming (click here for full list USDA_CF_ChartJULY1520   ).

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.