Garfield cities, towns, schools to share $2.1 million in mineral lease funds

Fourteen municipal government and school systems will split nearly $2.1 million in grant funding from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District.

The largest chunk of this spring’s grant cycle — the district has another cycle each fall — will go to the town of New Castle. The town will get $386,550 for public sidewalk and roadway work, plus another $25,000 for New Castle Community Center improvements.

The city of Rifle is getting $350,000 to make improvements to Deerfield Regional Park, and the city of Glenwood Springs and the town of Carbondale will receive $300,000 apiece for street infrastructure work and street and waterline improvements, respectively. Garfield School District Re-2 will receive $239,347 to make safety and security upgrades to schools.

The town of Silt will get $175,000 for phase three of the Orchard Avenue Infrastructure Improvement Project and a $25,000 “mini grant” to purchase a police vehicle. The Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District will receive $185,290 for work on the roof of the Grand Valley Recreation Center in Parachute, plus a $24,500 mini grant to improve flooring at the recreation center.

Mini grants for $25,000 or less also are being awarded to the Carbondale Rural Fire District, Colorado Mountain College, Garfield County Public Library District and the town of Parachute. The grants will be used to purchase radio equipment and defibrillators, make building improvements and benefit alternative fuel programming at the community college.

Absent from the grant list is School District 51. The district requested $380,324 to pay for installation of panic buttons at 39 schools and keyless lock systems at 10 schools.

The grant would have paid for 70 percent of the total installation cost.

The installations would have taken place in summer 2013 and summer 2014 if the grant had come through, according to the district. District 51 Executive Director of Support Services Melissa Callahan DeVita said before the grant announcement that the installation work would continue no matter what but the project timeline may be altered without the grant.


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