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Governor Awards Block Grants to Four Communities

Friday, May 31, 2013
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to four communities in South Dakota for community and infrastructure improvements.

Bonesteel, Delmont, Dupree and Wolsey will receive a combined $1.5 million to assist with improvements totaling more than $4.7 million in total project costs.

  • Bonesteel, awarded $515,000, will be making improvements to its water and wastewater systems. Within the last year, the city has experienced significant water loss and needs to determine the cause. The improvements will address immediate needs, as well as implement a comprehensive water and wastewater plan.
  • Delmont, awarded $257,500, is constructing a new fire hall. Its current facility is not large enough to accommodate the department’s vehicles and equipment. The new fire hall will be built on a donated lot on the city’s main street.
  • Dupree, awarded 427,450, will be making improvements to its wastewater system. The project involves the rehabilitation and repair of the main sewer lift station and lagoon, as well as cleaning wastewater collection lines.
  • Wolsey, awarded 309,000, will be constructing a new fire hall. The department has outgrown its current facility and has no room for expansion. The new facility will accommodate the department’s new vehicles that don’t fit in the current building.

“These kinds of projects go a long way when it comes to community development,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Whenever we can allocate funds to make the quality of life better in South Dakota communities, I’m pleased to do so.”

CDBG is a reimbursement program, and communities will receive funds as work is completed.

The CDBG program provides communities and counties with financial resources to address a wide range of unique development needs. Past grants have been used for improvements and construction of community buildings, water systems, and sewer systems.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the CDBG Program, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development administers it.

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