Kadoka, SD, Mar 15, 2012 -- Elsie M. Meeks, South Dakota State Director, USDA Rural Development announced an award of $129,000 and participated in ground breaking ceremonies for the Kadoka Nursing Home Association, Inc. Funds will be used towards the installation of a new fire sprinkler system, a handicap accessible restroom, and sidewalks that meet the American Disabilities Act (ADA). USDA Rural Development provided a Community Facility loan in the amount of $53,500 and a grant of $75,500 to be leveraged with an applicant contribution of $20,000 and a Community Development Block Grant of $145,000; for a total project cost of $294,000.
“Upgrades to the facility will bring them into compliance with the ADA. In this case, Federal funding will help provide the residents of the Kadoka Nursing Home with greater safety and security.” said Meeks. “This is a great partnership between the Federal and state governments and the local community. President Obama has been a strong advocate to ensure that rural communities in South Dakota and across the nation receive essential funding so that these communities are built to last.”
There is no fire protection sprinkler system in any portions of the existing building, no public ADA handicap accessible restroom, and sidewalks do not meet ADA handicap requirements. A new fire protection sprinkler system will be installed throughout the facility, the existing public restroom will be remodeled to meet current ADA handicap requirements for access, size, and plumbing fixtures, and approximately 380 linear feet of 4 feet wide sidewalk will be replaced with 5 feet wide sidewalk to meet ADA requirements.
Rural Development Community Facility funds are made available for the development of essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives.
“We are very excited about this project, it could not have been completed without the support of USDA Rural Development, Community Development Block Grant, City of Kadoka, and the community of Kadoka,”said Ruby Sanftner, Chief Operating Officer
USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects.
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state serving South Dakotans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.
Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (605) 352-1100, by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/sd or at any local area office.