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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4009517
ContactGlenda Shafer(660) 665-3274 Ext 4
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Leonard, MO, Apr 18, 2011 -- On April 18, 2011, Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented Certificates of Recognition to several recipients in Leonard, MO in honor of Earth Day.

We congratulate Macon Co. Public Water Supply District #1 for the management and operations of this wastewater treatment facility and their partnership with Village of Leonard to provide safe, convenient, and dependable Wastewater Treatment Facilities to their residents.

Currently the Village of Leonard has no centralized wastewater management system and has been diligently working toward this project for a number of years. It is with great pride they have looked forward to today’s official announcement and look excited that construction will begin soon.

The engineering firm of Shafer, Kline, & Warren, Inc. performed an evaluation of the proposed facility and has worked closely with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan that would benefit this small rural area of 64 users and yet remain affordable to the end beneficiaries.

The approved design for constructing this facility includes a collection line system that will gravity flow into a centralized lagoon location and then be land applied. The financing package consists of funds from USDA Rural Development Water & Wastewater Loan & Grant Program in the amount of $232,000 low interest loan and $647,385 grant, the Missouri Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $185,000, and the Village is contributing $62,300 for total project costs of $1,126,685. The revenues generated from the sewer rates will pay for the borrowed funds.

“Thanks to a low-interest loan and competitive grant funds, Leonard will be getting a centralized sewer system,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “I’m pleased this community will have the opportunity to make necessary improvements that benefit everyone.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe waste disposal system,” said Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks go to our federal elected officials of U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill, U. S. Senator Roy Blunt, and U. S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer for their support of funds for projects like the one in the Village of Leonard. I am pleased that rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable waste disposal system.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Further information on Rural Development programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http:/ or by contacting Leann Gleason at the Kirksville USDA Service Center at 2410 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63501 or by calling 660-665-3274 Ext. 4.

“Committed to the future of rural communities.”

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”

To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W.,

Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

Last Modified:01/24/2012 
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