Trenton, MO, May 24, 2011 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director, USDA Rural Development, announced funding of $31,460 to the City of Trenton. These funds were to help purchase a new police car and air packs for the fire department’s fire fighters. A certificate of congratulations representing the funding was presented to the City during a funding celebration held on Tuesday, May 24th at the Trenton City Hall.
Dunning said the grant funds originated from Rural Development’s Community Facility Grant program. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. The remaining of the cost of the police car and air packs ($26,482) was provided by the City of Trenton in the form of applicant contribution.
Rural Development worked with Kerry Sampson, City Administrator, in the application phase of funding for the project. Mr. Sampson expressed appreciation to Rural Development for funding of the new police car and air packs for the fire department. Sampson stated that the police car was needed for the safety of the 6,216 citizens of Trenton and the air packs were needed for the safety of the fire fighters when they were on call to a fire. The City was not in a financial position to purchase the equipment without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.
"Ensuring our local police officers and fire fighters are adequately prepared in emergency situations is vital to the well-being of the community. That's why I'm thrilled the city of Trenton will be receiving competitive grant funds to help purchase an additional vehicle for their police force and air packs for their fire fighters," U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said.
U. S. Congressman Sam Graves stated, "This grant will help supply first responders in Trenton with the equipment necessary to carry out their duty. I appreciate the USDA Rural Development program for helping preserve the quality of life in our rural communities."
Dunning stated that “Funding important projects like this indicates that Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities. Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
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