BARROW (AP) -- The North Slope Borough and four communities will receive $28 million in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Impact Funds, the mayor of the borough announced Tuesday.
The money will go to fund a variety of projects in the borough, and the villages of Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut and Wainwright, said Mayor George N. Ahmaogak, Sr.
Twenty-four grants were recommended for funding by Commissioner Deborah Sedwick of the Department of Community & Economic Development.
Ten borough projects will receive funding. The money will be used among other things to upgrade utilities, conduct an infrastructure study and hire a police officer for Nuiqsut. The funds also will be used to buy firefighting equipment for the four villages. Money has been reserved to track caribou and conduct water fowl surveys.
The money will go toward a variety of projects in Barrow, including an upgrade of the teen and community center and construction of a retractable boat ramp.
Nuiqsut will receive money to provide natural gas to homes and a pipe distribution system. Projects also include building a boat ramp and providing fencing for the cemetery.
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