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More infrastructure money headed to South Carolina

Funding comes from US Department of Agriculture's Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program to finance emergency services, food security
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — More infrastructure money is pouring in to South Carolina from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), this time to help fund emergency services and combat food insecurity throughout the state.

Of the 536 projects funded nationwide by the USDA's Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, 20 projects in South Carolina were awarded a total of $2,849,000 in grants and $926,900 in loans:

  • Calhoun County: $50,000 to purchase equipment to update the John Ford Community Center in St. Matthews, South Carolina. 
  • City of Walterboro: $49,900 to replace two aging patrol cars for the law enforcement department. It will also contain the latest equipment including laptop computer system, software, radios, lights, sirens and camera system that records traffic from various directions. 
  • City of Walterboro: $49,800 to purchase a backhoe loader. This purchase will replace aging equipment with new and more fuel-efficient equipment. 
  • Town of Lake View: $50,000 to purchase a garbage truck for the Sanitation Department.
  • City of Dillon: $17,000 to purchase a drone for the City of Dillon's Law Enforcement Department.
  • City of Lake City: $50,000 to purchase a garbage truck for the Sanitation Department 
  • City of Lake City: $49,900 to purchase a garbage truck for the Sanitation Department.
  • Hampton County: $18,500 to replace console furniture and carpet tiles at the county's dispatch center. The furniture and flooring currently in the facility has aged significantly and caused tripping hazards. 
  • Pee Dee Math, Science & Technology Academy: $2,749,000 (loan) and $100,000 (grant) to construct an approximately 11,000 square foot building adjacent to the academy's existing campus. This expansion will help the academy to manage its increased enrollment, staff and provide needed accommodations such as a library, tech room, and arts room for students. Currently, teachers do not have a work area for planning periods and have to conduct class in offices or shared classrooms. 
  • Samaritan House: $17,410 to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment to meet the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) requirements. 
  • Samaritan House: $25,690 to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment to meet the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) requirements including the removal of mold and mildew. This will also allow the organization to upgrade its fire protection and telephone systEmegency Medical Services
  • Williamsburg County: $28,200 to purchase five, 10x16 office trailers for Williamsburg County Waste Management sites. The trailers would be hurricane certified, include a bathroom, and provide much-needed space to store supplies and equipment for each site. 
  • Williamsburg County: $49,800 to purchase a 40x60 office building for Williamsburg County Waste Management landfill site. 
  • Williamsburg County: $49,900 to purchase a trash compactor 
  • Williamsburg County: $50,000 to purchase a trash compactor 
  • Vital Aging if Williamsburg County Inc: $34,900 to replace the roof and HVAC repairs at Vital Aging Kingstree Wellness Center 
  • Williamsburg County: $18,000 to purchase a trash compactor. 
  • Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs: $47,900 to purchase furniture, office and lawn equipment to fulfill contracts within the county. 
  • Marion County: $100,000 (grant) and $120,000 (loan) to renovate the county's administration building. Improvements will include an upgraded HVAC system, repairs to the parking lot and a conference room. This will allow the county to take advantage of existing space to accommodate economic development staff that are currently housed in another building and have all county administrative operations at one facility 
  • City of Walterboro: $50,000 to replace an aging fire pumper truck for the fire department. This new fire pumper is capable of pumping 1,250 gallons a minute, which is essential during emergencies. It will also contain the latest in firefighting equipment including new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs, hose, thermal imaging camera, generator, flashlights and other hand tools used for firefighting activities.