WALLACE — A local business and three local groups recently submitted grant applications to the Shoshone Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for funds from the $2.5 million Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund program allocation ( CSLFRF) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The applications were reviewed and decided upon at a recent meeting between the BOCC and Shoshone County Grants Administrator Colleen Rosson.
Mountain Valley of Cascadia, the Ninemile Cemetery Association, the Shoshone County Horseman’s Association, and the Wallace Senior Drop-in Center have all applied for funds for various projects and facility upgrades.
In Cascadia, a $56,000 proposal would help replace all windows inside the skilled nursing facility, which would later help the building maintain and control its temperatures.
The Ninemile Cemetery Association is seeking $45,000 to purchase several metal headstones for the growing number of unmarked graves in the remote and historic cemetery.
Both of these applications were filed so that the BOCC could gather more information to make an informed decision on the application.
The Wallace Senior Drop-In Center suspended its request in order to fine-tune necessary upgrades to its facilities.
The BOCC approved $164,000 for the Shoshone County Horseman’s Association (SCHA).
The plan is to use the funds to install a well at the upstream facility of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River near the Bumblebee Cut.
“That $164,000 is to get it all over there,” Rosson explained. “They have a lot of youth activities and 4-H camps, so they bring a lot of people into the community. It serves young people and it is a non-profit organization, so this should be taken into account. »
Commissioner Chair Jay Huber supported the awarding of the funds, explaining how the CHS is a valuable resource and how the camps held there are a benefit to young people.
“We’ve been there a few times for lunch at these camps, and it’s pretty impressive,” Huber said. “They recently had a play day there and there were 300 kids. For me, whatever is good for young people is good for us.
With this approval, it brings the total amount spent by the county to $1,589,075 of that $2.5 million allocation — with SCHA joining Shoshone County Fire District No. 3, Town of Kellogg, Clarkia Water and Sewer, East Shoshone County Water District, Murray Historical Society, City of Osburn, Shoshone County Crisis Resource Center, SCFD1 and Shoshone County Solid Waste Department as beneficiaries.
The county is still accepting grant applications.
For more information or to request a project proposal form, email Colleen Rosson at [email protected]