As of Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Nearly a million dollars in block grant funding was awarded last week to benefit health and public utility projects within Idaho County.
According to the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), Syringa Hospital and Clinics will receive $500,000 for upgrades and renovations to its facilities. As well, a $300,000 grant will go to the Rapid River Water and Sewer District to assist in system renovations.
Funds come through the 2016 Idaho Community Development Block Grant program, offered through the Idaho Department of Commerce; grants were sponsored by Idaho County.
In 2013 the hospital received a $1.2 million gift from the estate of Orin and Eleanor Webb, longtime residents, to be used for renovation and improvements of the hospital and clinic. Block grant funds will be used to expand upon this work, including configuring the space for additional exam rooms, improving corridors for accessibility, increasing the waiting area, and improving care provider spaces. These improvements will improve patient flow, patient privacy, and energy efficiency.
Last November, the Rapid River Water and Sewer District passed a $500,000 revenue bond to help fund approximately $1 million in system improvements, including a new reservoir, well, main lines and fire hydrants. The project is tentative to start this fall.