Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a $1,165,300 loan and $30,000 grant for construction of a new fire hall for Sheridan Fire District. The funds are authorized through the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facility Loan and Grant Program.
“Seeing that our local first-responders have the facilities and equipment they need to protect our communities is crucial,” said Congressman Higgins. “This is great news for public safety in Chautauqua County.”
The current facility in Sheridan is over 60 years old, is not large enough to accommodate the number of emergency vehicles needed, and has sanitation and operating water supply problems. The Sheridan Fire District serves a population of 2,838.
Loans and grants through this USDA program are aimed at assisting in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns with a population of 20,000 or less. Loan and grant funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public services. The loan term is for 30 years at a rate of 4.5 percent.
"USDA Rural Development is pleased to provide these funds for Sheridan's new fire station," said Scott Collins, Acting State Director for Rural Development in New York. "The new facility was badly needed and will improve the fire department's ability to provide emergency services and protect lives and property in the Sheridan area."