Local Communities Awarded Federal Grants

February 10, 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency announced this month that four grants have been awarded in the 15th congressional district. The grants awarded to the City of Flora, Village of Oblong, Village of Odin, and the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center total $78,800.

“This is federal money well spent,” Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) said. “These grants will help provide necessary community upgrades and public safety resources. I encourage local communities who may not have applied for competitive federal grants before to contact my office if they have any questions about the process.”

The City of Flora received $21,100 to refurbish two sirens and replace three sirens with two higher performing sirens. The new software also allows the sirens to be used as a public announcement system in the city.

The Village of Oblong was awarded $17,300 to purchase a 2016 AWD Utility Police Inceptor vehicle.

The Village of Odin received $20,000 to purchase a police vehicle with new lights and radio equipment.

The Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center’s grant totals $20,400, which will be used to replace the roof on the center in Olney.

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