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PEP Offers Matching Funds for Nursing Home Feasibility Study

North View from Spreading Antlers Golf Course

Proponents for Sage Brush Meadows, a planned 80 bed, nursing home, have until September 15th to submit a letter of intent to apply for a feasibility study grant from the USDA.  Jillane Hixson, a spokesperson for the project, briefed the Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) board of directors on the concept this past June.  She said the study would cost approximately $35,000 to conduct.  The PEP board on Tuesday, July 18th, agreed to provide up to $10,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds for the study.

Just under 11 acres of land has been donated to the project which will be located due north of the Spreading Antlers Golf Course. The group needs to secure a state-issued Medicaid certificate which would allow a new nursing home to be built in the Lamar area.  The estimated cost of the new facility runs around $12M and could be paid back over 40 years at 3.38% interest.

The PEP board received an update on the Ports-to-Plains project by Vice President of Operations, Joe Kiley. The highway project seeks to widen and improve the highway system to four lanes, running between Canada and Mexico and uses Highway 287 through the southwest which spans the state and runs through Prowers County and Lamar.  PEP Business Manager, Carla Scranton said Kiley noted that it is a direct trade route and Canada and Mexico make particular use of it for their cattle and offal industry, to and from the United States.

Funding for road upgrades for Colorado has been slow in coming, compared to other states. Many of the highway improvement projects are along the I-25 corridor along the Front Range and the improvements are intended to help the increased traffic flow.  However, an improved Highway 287 through the state would be able to take some of that congestion away from I-25.  Scranton said that Kiley explained that Colorado communities need to make their voices heard, especially to their state and federal representatives, to be able to claim a portion of allocated funding for road improvement projects.

The PEP board will meet next on August 1st and the 15th at noon at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn.

By Russ Baldwin

 

 

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