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Iron County Receives Grant for Courthouse Renovation

Presiding Commissioner, Jim Scaggs, announced that a $400,000 grant was awarded to the Iron County Courthouse restoration project. The Jeffris Family Founda- tion is a charitable corporation that makes grants for historic restorations and charitable purposes. Iron County owns and maintains the historic Iron County Courthouse. Iron County has proposed a project to rehabilitate and restore the Courthouse and add safety and energy improvements, as described in the historic structure report prepared by Engine House No. 1. The Jeffris Family Foundation and ICEP provided grants funds to complete the historic structure report.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be ap- proximately $1,200,000, as outlined in the grant proposal. The Jeffris Family Foundation has agreed to make a matching grant to Iron County in the amount of $400,000 to fund approxi- mately one-third of the estimated costs required to com- plete the project. The grant is a matching grant and Iron County must raise at least $800,000 of the remaining estimated costs from the oth- er sources.

I’m very excited about moving forward with this important project of restor- ing our historic courthouse. We’ve been working on this project with ICEP for matching funds to complete the necessary structure reports that were required for this grant. We are pursuing multiple grants to raise the ad- ditional funds to match the Jeffris Family Foundation grant. When we are successful, the entire project will be funded utilizing grant funds.

Arcadia Valley students will notice some bright new upgrades when school starts back today. Student Council painted a hallway at Arcadia Valley High School with a geometricdesign in school colors. New vinyl decals were installed on the middle school hallway oorwelcoming students and visitors to the building.

We have a lot of work to do before we can start the project and we must obtain the additional funding within three years.

The Commission is excited to work with the Jef-fris Family Foundation, ICEP and the community as we start to obtain additional funding to complete this crit-ical project. Jeffris Family Foundation grants to nation-ally signi cant buildings insmaller communities of the Midwest and have done two presidential homes.

I’m extremely proud to be a small part of this project and overwhelmed for the citizens of Iron County. Our 1857 Courthouse is the cornerstone of County and with this project, we will be protecting this uncreditable landmark and the history of Iron County.

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