The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) yesterday awarded twenty-two communities and counties with Community Focus Fund Grant awards totaling more that $10 million to assist in local projects. Brown County, the Town of Leanenworth, and the cities of Mount Vernon and Charlestown were among those who were awarded the extra funds to improve local infrastructure and community development projects.
How the funds will be put to use:
Brown County received $500,000 for the construction of a new EMS facility. The new 7,272 square foot facility will include four bays, sleeping quarters, kitchen, offices and a meeting room. Columbus Regional Hospital will provide ambulance services at the facility.
The City of Mount Vernon is set to receive $300,000 to fund the demolition of the former J.R. Short Milling Company’s grain silos. The structures, which are located in the downtown riverfront district, are decaying in condition and are a detriment to the city’s revitalization efforts. Once the project is completed, Mount Vernon residents and visitors will enjoy an attractive green corridor along the Ohio River.
The City of Charlestown will receive $600,000 to fund improvements towards a new sanitary sewer system. New lines will be constructed to eliminate existing bends near Greenway Park and provide a more direct alignment to the lift station. The project will provide improved service for all residents in Charlestown’s utility service area.
The Town of Leavenworth was given $146,990 for the purchase of a new fire truck to replace their 1957 and 1965 models. The new truck, which features a 500 gallon per minute pump, will offer town residents significantly improved fire protection.
For a statewide list of Community Focus Fund Grant awards click here.
The Community Focus Fund grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive application process. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: community and senior centers, special needs facilities, libraries, water system improvements, storm drainage projects, and sewer system improvements.