News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009518
ContactGlenda Shafer(660) 665-3274 Ext 4
Higbee, MO, Apr 18, 2011 --

@@On April 18, 2011, Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificates of Recognition to several recipients in Higbee, MO.

We recognize Thomas Hill Public Water Supply District #1 for their partnership with the City of Higbee to provide safe, potable, and dependable water to their residents.

Currently the City of Higbee has an aged 75,000 elevated storage tank and distribution lines. This project will allow the City to take down their deteriorating tank and connect to Thomas Hill PWSD #1’s new tank that will supply them with needed volume and pressure. In addition, the existing and undersized water distribution lines, valves, and hydrants in town will be replaced to eliminate water loss and improve pressure to each resident.

MECO Engineering has performed an evaluation of the proposed facility and has worked closely with the community of 623 residents to develop a plan that would benefit this small rural area of 273 connections and yet remain affordable to the end beneficiaries.

The financing package consists of funds from USDA Rural Development Water & Wastewater Loan & Grant Program in the amount of $800,000 low interest loan and $550,000 grant, the Missouri Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000, and the City is contributing $1,000 for total project costs of $1,851,000. The revenues generated from the water rates will pay for the borrowed funds.

“It’s important for rural communities to have excellent water and waste treatment facilities,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “Thanks to a low-interest loan and competitive grant funds, Higbee will be getting an important upgrade to theirs.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe water distribution 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 City of Higbee. I am pleased that rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable water 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.”

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