Syracuse, NY, Nov 16, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development (RD) celebrated the grand opening of the Hermon Volunteer Fire Department at a ribbon cutting. USDA NY RD State Director Jill Harvey was there to congratulate the community on their new addition. Rural Development issued an $879,000 loan and a $75,000 grant for the construction of the new facility.
The fire station is approximately 8900 square feet and will serve St. Lawrence County. The construction consisted of five vehicle bays, a radio room, enlarged offices, storage for medical supplies and equipment, a kitchen and a large community room. The new facility will also provide sufficient parking and will meet all ADA requirements. “This fire station is crucial as it provides protection and safety for our rural communities in St. Lawrence County. Our contribution of one million dollars is to ensure that this community is equipped with a spacious new facility that can meet the needs of our volunteers and community members. We are very pleased with this project and our partnership with the Hermon community”, said Jill Harvey. In 2011 the agency has provided over $5.5 million to St. Lawrence County.
President, Steve Wentzel, President of the Fire Department, spoke about the history of the project and the need for this collaboration in Hermon. “I would like to thank USDA Rural Development, the St. Lawrence Housing Council, and Tisdale Association for assisting with this project. It took over five years for it to become a reality for the department”, said Wentzel.
This funding was made possible through Rural Development’s Community Facility Program. USDA Rural Development makes loans and grants to develop essential rural community facilities in areas of up to 20,000 in population. Direct loans may be made to applicants unable to obtain commercial credit. Priority is given to applicants in rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. Applicants with low median household incomes receive a higher percentage of the grants.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.