County receives $200K grant

50_0062SPRING SEEDING  — Like most other area farmers, Mark Orcutt is busy seeding some ground west of Conrad. Orcutt is planting a Metcalf strain of barley.  I-O Photo by Adam Jerome




Pondera County Commissioner Sandy Broesder told the I-O on Monday that the county was the recipient of a block grant.

The Montana Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) had selected a grant application, authored by Broesder, to receive funding in the amount of $200,000 under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

Broesder said that the grant paperwork had been submitted in late January. The energy grant  will be used for new windows, heating and cooling units and insulation at the new Senior Community Center on Virginia St.

The excited commission chairperson commented, “This is great news, now we can (re)construct the building the way we want and do it right!”

While the award has been allocated, there is still some paperwork with the state to finish.

This includes the signing of a contractual agreement between the county and the DEQ which will be done at the regular Wednesday business meeting and the receipt by the DEQ of the required insurances, including Worker’s Comp Insurance.

The required paperwork that remains to be done will not be a problem indicated Broesder, “all the tough work  and sitting on pins and needles while waiting to see if we received the grant is past.”