ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug 02, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced over $10 million in projects to improve essential community facilities and water and wastewater treatment in six Minnesota communities.
“These projects improve rural infrastructure and build sustainable rural communities,” Landkamer said. “Several jobs will be created during the construction portion of these projects. Each project also establishes a base for future economic growth and development.”
Projects funded include:
• The city of Miltona in Douglas County has been selected to receive almost $2 million from USDA Rural Development to improve the city’s wastewater treatment infrastructure. The funding comes in the form of a $1,396,000 loan and a $570,000 grant.
The project will expand the city’s existing wastewater treatment lagoons, replace 3,700 feet of sewer line and repair 2,900 feet of sewer line. These improvements will resolve the city’s problems with inflow and infiltration and a lack of capacity at the wastewater lagoons.
• The city of Wykoff in Fillmore County has been selected to receive over $1 million from USDA Rural Development to replace the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The funding comes in the form of a $552,000 loan and a $578,000 grant.
Wykoff’s existing wastewater treatment plant has exceeded its useful life and no longer meets the treatment needs of the community. The new plant will treat the community’s wastewater more efficiently and effectively. It also will preserve the surrounding environment.
• The city of Kennedy in Kittson County has been selected to receive over $90,000 from USDA Rural Development to purchase a used cargo truck that will be retrofitted for used by the local fire department. The funds come in the form of a $59,000 loan and a $31,000 grant.
Once retrofitted, the truck will be used to store and transport firefighting equipment. The new truck gives local emergency responders another tool as they work to protect area residents and property.
• The Good Sheppard Lutheran Home in Rushford has been selected to receive a $693,000 loan from USDA Rural Development to install a new sprinkler system in their assisted living facility.
Good Sheppard is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that provides health, housing and personal care services. The campus in Rushford started in 1965 with a nursing home and has expanded to include a senior apartment complex and assisted living facility.
• The City of New Germany in Carver County has been selected to receive a $5,050,000 loan and $1,686,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to improve its water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
The upgraded infrastructure will improve treatment efficiency and replace aging portions of the treatment system that threaten to harm the area’s water quality and surrounding environment. Once completed, the upgrade will ensure New Germany’s treatment system remains functional well into the future.
• The city of Hector in Renville County has been selected to receive a $75,000 loan and a $34,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to purchase grass fire-fighting and jaws of life extraction equipment.
The new truck gives local emergency responders another tool as they work to protect area residents and property.
USDA Rural Development finances housing, infrastructure, community facilities, business development, job creation and renewable energy in rural areas. To learn more about Rural Development programs, contact an office in your region.