The Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board met in August and approved $3,127,580 in grants and low interest loans to assist rural communities in the southeast region of the state. This meeting marks the beginning of the Board's three funding cycles for 2007. The Board funds annually in April, August and December.
"There are many needs in our rural communities as they are greatly impacted by the extraction of oil, coal and gas," stated Drew Sitterud, Emery County Commissioner and CIB Board member. "The approved funds allow these communities to make necessary improvements to public needs, including water, roads, and public safety."
The Board awarded the following for the Southeast Region:
Green River City - $171,000 grant in supplemental funds for installation and improvements to the culinary water system.
Blanding City - $450,000 grant for water system improvements including exploration and development of a deep well as a new source of water.
Grand County Municipal Building Authority - $300,000 grant to renovate and restore Star Hall, a 350-seat public auditorium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
North Emery Water Users Special Service District - $150,000 grant to construct a new metal equipment storage building with a concrete floor and two overhead doors.
Price City - $269,000 grant and a $75,000 loan at zero percent interest for five years for public safety projects including a water treatment plant emergency generator, demolition of the Community Center, ADA access improvements to street walkways and city buildings, and purchase of a fire department brush truck.
Wellington City - $325,000 grant for drainage improvements including the construction of a flood retention basin and installation of a pipe to carry the discharge to the flood wash.
Sunnyside City - $87,580 grant for recreational park improvements including increasing electrical connections, installing sidewalks and purchasing a tractor with mowing attachments.
Grand County Municipal Building Authority - $800,000 grant and $500,000 in a 20 year zero percent interest loan to demolish and replace the existing fire station with a new building that will include a 4,500 square foot truck bay and a 3,600 square foot equipment storage and office area.
The Community Impact Board is a program of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture. It assists state and local agencies and entities that are impacted by mineral resource development on federal land through grants and low-interest loans for the planning, construction, and maintenance of public facilities. The funds also help community agencies provide public services.