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Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) program has approved a $106,810 grant for the City of Evarts to purchase two new 2010 Ford Explorer ® police vehicles and one new John Deere ® backhoe for the local sanitation department. These funds will help provide efficient and effective community services for the 1,101 residents of Evarts.

“In responding to a car accident, fire, flood, or other regional crisis, our police officers need reliable, well-equipped transportation options,” said Rogers. “This new vehicle investment moves Evarts emergency response forward. Furthermore, we’re putting the tools in place to continue to improve our water and sewer infrastructure throughout Harlan County with additional earthmoving equipment. I continue to be impressed by the valuable partnerships forged between the USDA and the rural communities in our region.”

The USDA-RD community facilities grant program assists the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population, such as constructing, enlarging, or improving community facilities for health care, public safety and/or community and public services. Grants are awarded to municipalities, counties and non-profit corporations, and areas with low population and low income receive preference in the evaluation of grant applications.

Rogers currently serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.