Santee, Nebraska, Sep 07, 2011 -- Safe and sound infrastructure is important to rural villages but at times like these, when dollars are sparse, help is needed for obtaining essential community facilities.
Look at the Village of Santee in Nebraska, which had a fire station that was 38 years old. It had limited space for the firefighters and equipment, making the safety of the Village residents a valid and important concern. Help was needed to build a new fire station.
A wood framed fire house was constructed thanks to a USDA Rural Development Community Facility Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $95,000 leveraged with a Community Development Block Grant of $200,700 from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community funds of $80,400 and a Santee Sioux Nations contribution of $18,900.
“It is our duty at USDA Rural Development to help rural communities in Nebraska with the facilities that provide them protection, growth and prosperity,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.
The Village of Santee’s new fire station consists of approximately 3,400 square feet on the ground level, which houses enough room for equipment storage, radio space, training room, office, small kitchen, two restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a clean room with shower and two bays for a grass rig and tanker. There is approximately 700 square feet of loft space for additional storage.
Santee Mayor Donald LaPointe, Sr. expressed his gratitude to USDA Rural Development and all the funding agencies, “With their assistance, the fire station became a reality. Fire safety is no longer a concern for the Village of Santee and its residents.”
Contact your local USDA Rural Development office which can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Contact_Us.htm; or call 402-437-5551.