The Utah Permanent Community Impact Board recently approved $3,127,580 in grants and low interest loans to assist rural communities in the southeast region of the state.
The August meeting of the state agency marked 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 CIB funding panel awarded the following requests from entities in the southeast region of the state:
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 was awarded a $269,000 grant and a $75,000 loan at 0 percent interest for five years for public safety projects.
The public safety projects including a water treatment plant emergency generator, demolition of Price's community center, Americans with Disabilities Act access improvements to street walkways and city buildings along with the purchase of a fire department brush truck.
Wellington city received a $325,000 grant for drainage improvements.
The improvements include the construction of a flood retention basin and installation of a pipe to carry the discharge to the flood wash.
Sunnyside city was awarded a $87,580 grant to complete recreational park improvements.
The improvements include increasing electrical connections, installing sidewalks and purchasing a tractor with mowing attachments.
Green River city received a $171,000 grant in supplemental funds for installation and improvements to the culinary water system.
Blanding city received a $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 was awarded a $300,000 grant to renovate and restore Star Hall.
Star Hall is a 350-seat public auditorium listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Grand County Municipal Building Authority also received a $800,000 grant and $500,000 in a 20-year 0 percent interest loan to demolish and replace the existing fire station with a new building.
The building will include a 4,500 square foot truck bay and a 3,600 square foot equipment storage and office area.
The CIB is a program of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture.
The CIB funding board assists state and local agencies and public 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 revenues allocated by the Utah Permanent Community Impact Board also help eligible agencies at locations throughout the state that provide public services.