USDA invests more than $ 1.9 million to improve community infrastructure in rural Kentucky

From utility vehicles to heart machines, federal funds help rural agencies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of State for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is investing $ 222 million to build and improve essential community facilities in 44 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.

Of that amount, more than $ 1.9 million will benefit rural Kentucky through 15 projects.

“The Biden-Harris administration is keeping its promise to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild our economy,” Torres Small said. “Rural Americans need emergency response, hospitals and medical facilities, and USDA loans and grants are investing in critical infrastructure to make this possible. USDA Rural Development puts rural people at the forefront of investments and opportunities to help us all build back better, stronger and more resilient.

Casey County Ambulance Service District Inc. will use $ 87,300 in grants to purchase four heart monitors, defibrillators and external pacemakers. These units will replace obsolete equipment and help meet the standard level of pre-hospital and emergency protocols.

City of Jamestown will use a grant of $ 39,100 to purchase a 2020 Ford F-150 and associated equipment for the city’s law enforcement department. This vehicle will replace an older, unreliable vehicle.

Town of Mont Vernon will use $ 122,000 in grants to purchase a rescue vehicle for the city’s fire department. The vehicle will provide more storage for rescue and safety equipment as well as seats for five firefighters.

City of Pikeville will use a loan of $ 500,000 and a grant of $ 348,800 to renovate an existing 4,900 square foot commercial building recently purchased by the city to house the fire department and ambulance service. The renovations will include the creation of space for living quarters as well as storage space for emergency vehicles.

Town of Pineville will use a grant of $ 33,900 to purchase a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD vehicle for the city’s law enforcement department. This vehicle will serve as an incident command vehicle in addition to being used for patrols and other tasks.

Hickman County Tax Court will use a loan of $ 102,200 and a grant of $ 50,000 to purchase a rotary mower tractor. The roads department will use the tool to maintain rural roads in the county.

Jackson County Tax Court will use a $ 23,000 grant to purchase equipment for the Jackson County Emergency Management Department. The equipment will include a Zodiac boat and motor as well as other rescue equipment necessary for emergency calls resulting from floods and high water.

Jackson County Public Schools will use a $ 50,000 grant to establish a container farm at Jackson County High School, which will include the acquisition of a container farm unit, electrical and hydraulic installation, start-up supplies and site preparation. This container farm will help students, families and entrepreneurs learn how to grow fresh vegetables year round and improve the local food supply.

Knott County Water and Sewer District will use $ 76,900 in grants to purchase a directional ditch drill for water and sewer services to perform repairs and install water lines for existing and new customers.

Owsley County Tax Court will use a grant of $ 30,200 to purchase a 12-passenger public safety vehicle that will replace an older, unreliable vehicle.

Perry County Tax Court will use a $ 50,000 grant to purchase a dump truck and trailer for Perry County water and sewer services. The vehicle will be used to perform necessary maintenance and transport an excavator to problem areas.

Rowan County Tax Court will use a grant of $ 42,700 to purchase an ambulance.

Russell County Industrial Development Authority will use a grant of $ 376,000 to build a 12,815 square foot agribusiness training center, including a classroom, laboratory, media room, offices and support spaces. The facility will be located at the Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex in Russell Springs, Ky. The facility will provide training for high school students and adults in an area comprising several counties. The training will include livestock management, animal and plant sciences, agricultural inspection, aquaponics, greenhouse management and associated business courses.

Wolfe County Search and Rescue Inc. will use $ 50,000 in grants to purchase equipment, including a four-seater UTV and trailer, rescue boat, snorkel gear and jacks.

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