The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded $12.2 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to help fund enhancements for emergency services and fire districts throughout the state's oil and gas counties.
"These grants are an important part of a larger state commitment to help the oil and gas region meet the challenges created by rapid growth," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member state Land Board. "The Energy Impact Grant Fund allows us to address a wide range of challenges, but we must always be prepared to adapt our response to help meet the region's dynamic and ever-changing needs."
Other members of the Land Board are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
The Land Board today awarded about $5.2 million to enhance the region's emergency medical services and about $7 million for rural fire districts. The grants awarded today include:
$1.2 million for Watford City to purchase a new ladder truck, fire gear a new ambulance, emergency service equipment and to fund additional emergency service staff.
$250,000 for the Beach Community Ambulance Service to purchase a new ambulance, emergency medical equipment and funding for additional staff.
$500,000 for the Dickinson Rural Fire District to purchase a water pumper truck.
$360,000 for the Williston Rural Fire District to purchase a fire truck.
$325,000 for the Wildrose Fire District in Williams to complete construction a new fire hall.
$270,000 for the city of Tioga to buy a new ambulance and to complete an addition to the fire hall.
$564,000 for Stanley to help purchase a new ambulance, a rescue truck and fire gear.
For a complete list of grants approved by the Land Board today go to www.nd.gov/energyimpact
The Land Board will award about $240 million in energy impact grants during the 2013-2015 biennium. The grants are addressing a wide range of needs in western North Dakota, including enhancements for law enforcement agencies, upgrades to airports as wells as county and city infrastructure and support for growing schools.
In all, the state has committed about $2.6 billion to support the state's oil and gas region during the 2013-2015 biennium. The state's 2013-2015 commitment -- more than twice the amount of the previous, two-year funding package of about $1.2 billion -- is being used to address many needs in western North Dakota, including: highway, county and township road improvements; water supply and water treatment projects; the development of low-to-moderate income housing and assistance for growing school districts. Other state commitments include stationing more Highway Patrol troopers in western North Dakota; enhancements to the region's court system and funding for dust suppression projects.