CARSON CITY, NV, May 22, 2014 -- USDA Helps Esmeralda County SO Purchase Patrol Vehicles
(CARSON CITY, Nev.-May 20, 2014) Esmeralda County Sheriff Ken Elgan and Sargeant Mathew Kirkland recently took possession of two new four-wheel drive patrol vehicles that were funded in part by USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. The SUVs with patrol packages will be used for routine patrols across a county with few paved roads. The total cost for the two vehicles was $66,520. USDA’s Community Facility Grant provided $32,500 to the county to assist with the purchase.
“We thank USDA for helping rural counties with much-needed financial assistance,” Elgan said.
Many rural areas in Nevada face a similar issue--how to replace aging patrol vehicles. In Esmeralda County the patrol vehicles averaged 4-6 years of age, all with more than 150,000 miles. In those situations, repairs and breakdowns can impact routine patrols and emergency response times.
USDA’s Community Facility program can provide assistance for emergency response vehicles in rural communities with less than 20,000 population.
In addition to emergency response vehicles, the Community Facility program can provide long-term loans to build or repair a variety of community facilities, including police stations, fire departments, city halls, and senior centers.
For more information on the Community Facilities Program in Nevada, contact Program Director Cheryl Couch at (775) 887-1222.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $199 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.