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Northwest KS communities receive grants

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week four northwest Kansas communities -- Atwood, Oakley, Plainville and Woodston -- have been awarded 2013 community development block grant funding. KDOC awarded 27 Kansas communities funding of $13,315,625 with total project costs projected to be $18,192,347.

The following lists the communities, CDBG funds awarded/local funds contribution and project description:

* Rawlins County ($90,000 CDBG; $97,786 local), on behalf of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, received a Community Facilities Grant for ADA improvements to the Good Samaritan Society-Atwood. Rawlins County owns the Atwood building and leases it to Good Samaritan Society-Atwood, a skilled nursing long-term care facility.

* Oakley ($400,000 CDBG; $1,227,591 local) received a Community Facilities Grant for building renovations and a building addition to the Oakley Public Library and Fick Museum.

* Plainville ($400,000 CDBG; $1,585,943 local) received a Community Facilities Grant for storm sewer improvements.

* Woodston ($114,150 CDBG; $114,650 local), received a Water/Sewer Grant for sewer lagoon upgrades.

* Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission, Hill City, assisted the communities with grant writing and will administer the grants.