News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009840
ContactBarbara A. Ross(816) 364-3767 Ext. 4
Carrollton, MO, Apr 27, 2011 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, attended an Earth Day celebration in the Town of Carrollton on April 27, 2011. USDA Rural Development is providing funding which consists of $2,034,000 in loan and $1,913,600 in grant funds. The combined funds are being used to improve the town’s centralized wastewater collection and treatment system to serve Carrollton’s 4,211 residents. These improvements should contribute to a safer and healthier environment for the citizens. In addition, it makes the community more attractive to homeowners and potential businesses.

The funds are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program. This program provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less.

"I'm pleased that, with the help of a low-interest loan and competitive grant funds, Carrollton will be getting the necessary upgrades to their water treatment facilities in time to celebrate Earth Day," said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. "Ensuring they continue to offer safe and reliable drinking water is critical to the well-being of the community."

“The Town of Carrollton would like to thank the five entities and their representatives which have been of help to us” said Mayor Kim McAuliffe. “Those entities are: Barbara Ross, with USDA Rural Development, Naomi Boss, with Congressman Sam Graves’ office, Irene Crawford, with Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the staff at the Midwest Assistance Program who completed the environmental report for the project and the project engineer, Trenton Foglesong with HDR/Archer Engineering, Inc.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of a community in essential services,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA, Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable sewer system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for funding these projects.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides funding and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at or contacting Barbara A. Ross at the St. Joseph Rural Development Area Office, 3915 Oakland Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506 or by calling (816) 364 - 3767 (extension #4).

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