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Imperial County Awarded Grants for Niland and Seeley Services

Imperial County Awarded Grants for Niland and Seeley Services

The California Department of Housing and Community Development Department recently announced the award of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) totaling $6.3 million to the County of Imperial for the development of a Niland Public Safety Facility and improvements to the Seeley community water system.

The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and through expanding economic opportunities for persons of low-and moderate-income.

A total of $5 million was awarded to build a new Niland Public Safety Facility in Niland. The County of Imperial provides fire and safety services for the Niland area. Currently, Imperial County Fire staff is operating out of a mobile home lacking necessary amenities needed to conduct operations. In a separate building, Imperial County Sheriff's Office facility is exhibiting signs of dilapidation and lacks adequate space for staff.

Through the award of CDBG funds, a new facility will be constructed as a combined Fire and Sheriff's Office substation including a cooling center for residents to utilize during hot summer temperatures. The proposed building will be approximately 7,590 square feet. The Fire Department portion will consist of living quarters, living area, restrooms with showers, lockers and gym area for fire personnel. The Sheriff's Office portion of the facility will consist of two offices, records room, interview room, booking room, restrooms and breakroom.

In addition, a 900 square foot designated community room will be added that will include counter space, sink, and restrooms. This area will also serve as a community cooling center for the Niland area. A computer room for internet services and conference room will also be included in this portion of the facility.

Imperial County District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley stated that the grant award is a "significant improvement for the town of Niland and continuing resolve to provide services to the north end of our county."

The County of Imperial was also awarded $1.3 million for improvements to the water lines in the Seeley County Water District (SCWD), a water and wastewater special district. The SCWD has 484 residential water connections and 13 industrial / commercial water connections serving approximately 1,860 people.

Dating back to the 1960s, the SCWD water distribution system is aged and in need of replacement. Proposed improvements include replacing the inadequate water pipeline sections. The proposed larger looped pipelines will increase the hydraulic capacity, and provide the required domestic water and fire flow in improvement area. In addition, the project will install three new fire hydrants in residential neighborhoods.

"Improvements made to Seeley's outdated water system are much needed and a long time coming to the community," says Imperial County District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley. "We have been working hard to ensure Seeley receives benefits that have been neglected in the past."

Construction of the Niland Public Safety Facility and the SCWD water improvements are scheduled to begin early 2019. The County of Imperial through its Community and Economic Development Department secured grant funds for both projects.

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