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Thursday, September 28, 2023
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Goff Community Center

Volunteer workers are having a good time and showing great progress on the new community center being constructed in Goff. Goff is located in the southeastern corner of Nemaha County in northeastern Kansas; the city has a population of about 150 people. The new community center is being constructed under the KAN STEP program. KAN STEP is an acronym for Kansas Small Town Environment Program that is funded through the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. The Goff Community Center has an estimated market value of $396,308 and is being subsidized through a $250,000 KAN STEP grant and volunteer participation. KAN STEP has successfully used "sweat equity" to help communities reduce costs of water system improvements and now, fire stations and community centers.

The Project Representative at Goff is Katie Heinen; the Grant Administrator is Donna Crawford of Governmental Assistance Services, Lawrence; the Architect is Dan Hall of BG Consultants; Steve Duryea and Shane Holthaus are the Technical Assistants responsible. The Kansas Rural Water Association provides Inspection Services and Assistance. Goff's community center will have a kitchen, dining room and meeting room, two bathrooms, and a 357 sq. ft. concrete storm shelter that is designed for approximately 70 people. The heating and air conditioning, concrete slab work and the storm shelter were put out for bids.