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Oelwein Awarded USDA Grant for System at Law Enforcement Facility

The City of Oelwein is getting a little help from the USDA.

The City is receiving a $123,700 grant to help purchase and install a heating and cooling system for the City’s law enforcement facility.

The facility currently houses a 911 dispatch center, a 24-hour holding facility and the patrol/administrative offices of local law enforcement. Recently, the department’s heating/cooling system experienced catastrophic failure and the facility is without temperature control, with both the internal and external units beyond repair.

This project will allow the City of Oelwein to explore, purchase and install either a geothermal or air-sourced heat pump heating/cooling system.

The grant is among more than $11 million that USDA Rural Development is investing in rural community infrastructure across Iowa. More than 68 rural communities across Iowa are receiving a total of $11.5 million in loan and grant funding to assist with improvements to 74 infrastructure and critical community facilities.

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