Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote Thursday announced that rural communities impacted by coal production and development across central and southwestern Montana have received $1.4 million in funding for critical projects such as a new roof on the Rosebud County Hospital, housing for Lame Deer Public Schools, and water system equipment for the Northern Cheyenne Utilities Commission.
“The projects in these nine communities are key for developing rural economies and ensuring the health and safety of the folks who live there,” Director Haxby-Cote said. “This funding will help create good jobs and keep our communities moving forward.”
The funding comes from the Montana Coal Board, which was created by the Legislature in 1975 to provide public services incurred by large-scale development of coal mines. The board works with the Montana Department of Commerce to assist in the construction or reconstruction of highways that serve the area affected by coal development, and to support county land planning and public schools throughout the state.
The following is a list of recent grant awardees and their projects:
- Big Horn County: $131,000 for replacement of two ambulance chassis and remounting of existing boxes.
- Big Horn County: $205,000 for replacement of the county road department’s belly dump and grader.
- Big Horn Hospital Association: $252,000 for renovation and equipment replacement at Heritage Acres Long Term Care Facility.
- City of Hardin: $243,903 for pavement restoration of the city street in front of Hardin High School.
- City of Hysham: $16,000 for a Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).
- City of Miles City: $43,900 for a preliminary engineering report for the Miles City airport.
- Hardin Public Schools: $37,800 to prepare a School District Facility and Education Feasibility Assessment.
- Hardin Public Schools: $8,250 for the purchase of AED units and staff training.
- Lame Deer Public Schools: $120,000 for school housing purchase.
- Musselshell County: $114,000 for the purchase of a new end dump truck.
- Northern Cheyenne Utilities Commission: $170,356 for the purchase of water and wastewater system maintenance equipment.
- Rosebud County: $100,000 to replace the roof on the Rosebud County Hospital.