(STATEHOUSE) May 31, 2007 - Daviess, Greene, and Knox Counties and the town of Edwardsport have reason to celebrate today, as community representatives gathered at the Indiana Statehouse to receive Community Focus Fund grants for local improvements from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. These much needed grants were presented by Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, who expressed gratitude to an audience of local officials for their ongoing work to improve the lives and health of Hoosiers at the local level.
State Representative Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) was there to congratulate the grant recipients. After the presentation of awards, these community members had the opportunity to meet, chat, and have their pictures taken with the Lt. Governor and Rep. Borders.
"It's great to see so many members of my community gathered for such an event," said Rep. Borders. "They've worked very hard to get these grants and I'm as excited as they are to see the results of that work. This afternoon is a celebration of their efforts and proof that when the state and local levels work together, we all can benefit."
The Daviess County Commissioners secured funds on behalf of Senior and Family Services for renovations to the senior center. The money received will help to provide much needed modernization to this community resource by allowing it to update heating systems, make electrical improvements, add usable kitchen space, and repair the damaged parking lot.
The Greene County Commissioners were awarded a grant for Ellis Water Utility that will fund the construction of a ground storage tank at the intersection of State Road 59 and County Road 300 North. When built, the tank will help solve many utility problems facing Greene County, such as issues with water pressure, storage, and supply.
With money gained by the Knox County Commissioners, the Vincennes YMCA will construct a maintenance facility and a secure parking area for Van-Go, the county-wide public transportation system serving many local citizens.
Finally, the Town of Edwardsport secured funds for the local volunteer fire department, which will be used to increase the number of volunteers and to construct bay areas for fire trucks. This will help to increase efficiency and response time to maximize public safety.
"It is important for people to realize this money doesn't magically appear," said Rep. Borders. "These are YOUR tax dollars being put to work in ways that improve our local communities and the entire state of Indiana."
Rep. Borders encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204