Rural development grants targeting the needs of three communities in Whiteside County were announced Wednesday by U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos.
“With these significant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture, we will continue to support our rural towns and cities by repairing and improving their essential facilities,” Bustos said in a press release.
The Odell Public Library in Morrison will receive $49,800 to replace the facility’s existing asphalt roof with metal siding. The library is operated by the Town of Morrison. (This project is separate from the library’s ongoing fundraising campaign to install new flooring).
Prophetstown Police will receive $20,100 to purchase a Model 2022 truck that can be used as a patrol vehicle.
The Reagan Community Center in Tampico will receive $65,500 for the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system. The center houses Tampico’s administrative offices, a daycare center and the police station. It is also used for community and private events. The HVAC system includes six rooftop units, a gas fireplace and air conditioning. The improvement project includes ductwork, electrical wiring and gas piping.
The Gazette and Telegraph reported on Thursday that another $15,000 USDA Facilities Disaster Grant would also be applied to the HVAC upgrade.
Bustos also announced grants for other 17th District communities she represents, including projects for the Henderson County Library District and the villages of Lomax, Altona, Carbon Cliff and Lewistown.
The grants were awarded through the USDA Community Facilities Direct Grant and Loan Program.