News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011709
ContactTresia Webb(573) 888-2536 Ext 4
(AUGUST 2, 2011) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTS CERTIFICATE TO THE CITY OF QULIN
Qulin, MO, Aug 02, 2011 --

@@On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Anita J. Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented Mayor Glen Sedrick with a certificate of appreciation for the City’s partnership with Rural Development. Qulin was awarded a Community Facilities Grant in the amount of $28,800 to assist in obtaining and equipping a patrol vehicle for the City’s Police Department.

“Ensuring our local police officers are adequately prepared is vital to the well-being of communities,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “I am thrilled that with the help of these resources, the City of Qulin will have the opportunity to purchase and equip a police vehicle to help build a safer community.”

In 2010, the city presented a letter to Rural Development outlining the need for a new patrol vehicle. The Police Department, at that time, patrolled in a Ford Crown Victoria that was over 10 years old and had over 100,000 miles on it. According to the city, the officer’s safety, prisoner transports and the ability of the police to protect the welfare of Qulin’s citizens was often compromised due to the frequent mechanical problems and unreliability of the aged vehicle.

“Our emergency response vehicles serve overtime in our rural areas, making sure our communities are safe and secure.  Often, they must cover extended geographic areas, and the reliability and safety of the vehicles goes hand-in-hand with the safety of the officers who use them to police our Southern Missouri cities.  Thanks to the City of Qulin and USDA Rural Development, this small investment in the public safety of our congressional district will make a big difference,” said U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.

“Funding important projects like this new safety patrol car fully equipped should help to provide a safe place for the residents,” said Dunning. “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.”

With the assistance of the grant from Rural Development, the city was able to purchase a new, 2011 Ford Crown Victoria. The new patrol car has been fully equipped with the necessary markings, lighting, and security and enforcement equipment.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development has utilized a variety of programs and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information regarding any of the USDA Rural Development programs is available by contacting the Kennett Rural Development Office at tresia.webb@mo.usda.gov or by calling 573-888-2536, ext. 4. Rural Development’s web site is: www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.

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