Preston, MO, Apr 21, 2011 -- During a ceremony at the City Hall on April 21, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the Village of Preston. The village received funds consisting of a loan for $393,000 and grant for $739,000 from USDA Rural Development’s Water and Wastewater Program. Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided grant funds totaling $1,149,160. Preston obtained an additional $490,000 from the State of Missouri’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Village of Preston contributed $365 toward the project. Funds were used to construct a central sewer collection and treatment facility for the un-sewered community of 113 residents.
“I’m pleased that with the help of competitive grant funds and a low-interest loan, Preston will be getting the critical sewer collection and treatment facility they need to keep their community thriving,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
“Access to safe and dependable water is essential to help spur economic growth and development in our state’s rural areas,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “I applaud these important upgrades, which are vital to the health and welfare of Preston families and job creators.”
U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler said, “I am pleased to see 113 residents of the Village of Preston benefit from construction of a central sewer collection and treatment facility. This is a great example of how rural development funds are improving the lives of our citizens.”
“Access to an environmentally safe and reliable sewage collection and treatment system is a fundamental necessity to each of us,” said Dunning. “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. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from having this safe and reliable sewer system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for this kind of project providing essential services to the residents of the Village of Preston.”
Anyone seeking more information about the water and wastewater programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 4.
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