Fire suppression, increasing water storage among key priorities
“Through the federal budget process, I have submitted numerous project funding requests for our community. The projects I am advocating for would significantly bolster fire-fighting capabilities across the Tahoe region and Eastern Sierras, ensure access to safe drinking water, construct rural broadband, and enhance emergency services. I will never stop fighting to return taxpayer dollars to our community to fund projects vital to our health, safety, and welfare.” – Congressman Kevin Kiley
Background: As part of the annual federal budget process, Members of Congress are authorized to submit up to 15 projects to receive consideration for federal funding. Out of the numerous requests received, Rep. Kiley advanced the 9 below projects. The final 6 will be announced on April 17th, pursuant to federal guidance. Although the projects must still be considered by the Appropriations Committee and a federal budget passed in order for funds to be disbursed, official submission by a Member of Congress is a necessary and major step forward in the federal funding process.
Rep. Kiley’s Submitted Projects
City of Loyalton Water Infrastructure Project: This request would allocate $5,000,000 to the City of Loyalton to replace the deteriorating main water line and would ensure access to safe drinking water, as well as enable the fire department to better fight fires.
Kings Beach Drinking Water and Fire Suppression Improvement Project: This request would allocate $2,241,750 to the North Tahoe Public Utility District to replace old and undersized water pipes, install new fire hydrants, and improve water supply for fire suppression in Kings Beach.
PST A-15 Broadband Project: This request would allocate $4,224,000 to the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Co-Op to construct middle and last-mile fiber optic networks to rural residents in the A-15 and Valley Ranch areas.
Bridgeport Ambulance Replacement Project: This request would allocate $214,500 to Mono County to replace an ambulance used by a critical care facility that no longer complies with emergency response vehicle safety standards.
Kokila Reservoir Replacement Project: This request would allocate $4,000,000 to the San Juan Water District to replace the aging Kokila Reservoir with a new partially buried prestressed tank. The project would ensure over 330,000 Placer and Sacramento County residents continue to have access to safe and reliable drinking water.
Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Water Reliability and Fire Resiliency Storage Tank Project: This request would allocate $1,500,000 o the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District to construct a 2-million-gallon fire resilient water storage tank to aid in fire suppression efforts.
Golden Sierra High School Biomass Generator and On-Site Sawmill Project: This request would allocate $2,625,000 to the Black Oak Mine Unified School District to install a biomass generator system, expand the existing CTE Wood Shop Mill and Class Program, establish an on-site sawmill, and develop a new forest management service.
Southern Inyo Fire District Fire Stations Project: This request would allocate $1,500,000 to Inyo County to construct two fire stations in Tecopa Hot Springs and Charleston View.
South Tahoe Public Utility District for Enhancing the Resilience of Critical Water Infrastructure: This request would allocate $4,520,000 to the South Tahoe Public Utility District to replace deteriorating waterlines, improve infrastructure, and install new fire hydrants in order to better fight fires.