Steamboat Springs A state advisory board gave unanimous support to the North Routt Fire Protection District and Oak Creek's middle school for huge chunks of grant money.
Both projects were praised by members of the state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant Advisory Committee, of which local County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is a member.
North Routt asked the state Energy and Impact Fund for $200,000 to help build a new fire and ambulance station and to buy a new truck.
The money comes from the mining and energy industries and provides financial assistance to those communities impacted by mining operations.
Routt County is the largest producer of coal in Colorado.
The advisory committee, which recommends what projects will get money, was impressed by north Routt's efforts to get land and money donated to the project.
A still-anonymous donor near County Road 62 near Clark is giving the fire district $250,000 and two acres; other donors have pitched in about $30,000.
Routt County kicked in another $150,000 for the fire station.
The $200,000 state grant is contingent upon a bond issue that is expected to be on November's ballot, asking residents for an increase in the mill levy to help pay for the fire station.
The taxpayers would be asked to pay for about half of the $1.2 million because the rest of the project will be funded through those donations.
Bob Brooks, the executive director of the state Department of Local Affairs will take the advisory board's suggestions under consideration and make the final decision in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, Soroco Middle School is waiting to hear about its $300,000 grant, which was also given unanimous support by the advisory board. Stahoviak abstained from the vote.
The state advisory board was also impressed with how the Oak Creek school district managed to pass a huge bond issue to help fund the $9 million dollar project.
Five members of the energy advisory board also voted for full funding of $100,000 requested from Oak Creek for a new water boosting pumper station.
One member voted for partial funding, and Stahoviak abstained.