The Town of Paonia has supported the community group making the Flight of the Eagle a reality. This project will create a sports facility at Paonia High School.
Cindy Swartzendruber represented the group at the Jan. 14 council meeting. "We are finalizing this week our planning grant and getting that finalized and the construction documents delivered. We are ready to move forward with the construction phase," Swartzendruber said.
The Buy A Brick Program was started on the Fourth of July with the goal to raise $30,000. "We are at $29,600, one brick at a time. We are all really proud of that," she said.
The Colorado Grand contributed $10,000 for the project.
They are now writing grants for the construction phase. The $2,500 Rural Development grant they are applying for is through Delta County Economic Development and will be used for storm drains.
"We are hopeful and optimistic that we will win the grant," Swartzendruber said. "... a lot of the grant is based on economic need and in our community right now we have a great economic need."
The letter from the Board of Trustees states, "At present one of our main employers, Oxbow Mining, has idled its mine, and many community members are out of work. The Phase One construction of this project could provide 10-15 new jobs for our area."
If all goes well, construction will begin in June.
The council unanimously approved the request.
The letter of support states, "This project will not only add needed recreation facilities for our schools, but when complete will have trails and outdoor pavilions that may be used by all the people of our valley."blog comments powered by Disqus