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January 21, 2014

Grants will help small towns complete projects


ENID, Okla. — Grant money

The REAP grant program was created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1996 to fund infrastructure projects in rural communities with populations fewer than 7,000.

In Helena, $100,000 in REAP funds will go toward building a new water tower and water well.

“There’s going to be more storage and more water for us. With the prison here, it uses most of our water,” said Helena water operator Rodney Simmering. “We usually don’t have a problem unless it’s the hot summer months when everybody’s watering their gardens.

“We’re not in a bind now, but in the future, we don’t want to be in a bind, either.”

Woodard hopes to use the REAP funds as matching money for more grants, including Community Development Block Grants later this year. Some of the projects on the list approved by NODA could receive up to $400,000 in all, she said.

NODA’s board approved REAP grants for the following projects:

• Helena — water system, $100,000.

• Tonkawa — wastewater system improvements, $150,000.

• Morrison — medical facility, $100,000.

• Ringwood — wastewater system improvements, $127,640.

• Pond Creek — wastewater system improvements, $100,000.

• Braman — water system improvements, $47,900.

• Fairview — Water system improvements, $123,700.

• Perry — economic development /streets, $50,000.

• Blaine County District 2 — economic development/streets, $100,000.

• Goltry — electrical system improvements, $48,378.

• Bear Creek (Kay County) Rural Fire — new station, $75,000.

• Lucien (Noble County) Rural Fire — truck bed, $25,000.

• Eagle City (Blaine County) Rural Fire — building improvements, $32,170.

• Orion (Major County) Rural Fire — truck improvements, $15,797.

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