News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012386
ContactStan L. Wolfe(816) 364-3767 Ext 4
(SEPTEMBER 13, 2011) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HELPS FUND NEW JAIL AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE BUILDING IN SAVANNAH
Savannah, Missouri, Sep 13, 2011 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation is receiving $5.9 million in USDA Rural Development loan assistance to help construct a new 17,600 square foot building capable of accommodating the needs of the Andrew County Sheriff’s department and will be able to provide for the incarceration of 63 inmates.

The Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation utilized a Community Facility loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of $5.2 million, along with another $700,000 of funding under the regular Community Facility loan program. The Community Facility loan program provides funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community.

President of the Board of the Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation Larry Atkins said, “I am very happy that this is finally happening. It is something that we have needed for many years and I think that this project is going to be very successful. I thank USDA for funding the project and we appreciate all that they have done to make it happen.”

“Funding of this new building is another example of Rural Development being committed to the future of rural communities,” said Dunning. “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Rural Development worked with the Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation Board of Directors Larry Atkins, Darryl Howard, Greg Wall, Cindy Esely and Bryan Atkins, in the application phase of funding for the project. The Board expressed appreciation to Rural Development for the funding of the new building, which will replace the County’s existing outdated and inadequate jail facility. The existing jail was constructed in 1905, can only hold 23 prisoners and does not meet federal standards. The Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation was able to finance the project by obtaining a forty year payback term on the Rural Development loans with an interest rate of 4% on the $5.2 million loan and 4.25% on the $700,000 loan.

“It is a great pleasure to be able to go forward with this project. It has been a long road, but we are planning on a successful venture,” Board member Greg Wall stated “Without Rural Development and the people like Neal Miller and Stan Wolfe, we could never have gotten this done.”

The new facility will provide law enforcement services for the entire Andrew County area. The new jail facility will have an approximate jail staff of eleven jailers with four dispatchers.

HMN Architects, Inc. of Overland Park, KS are the project architects. Snyder and Associates, Engineers and Planners LLC of St. Joseph will be assisting with construction inspection services. Larry Goins is the project attorney.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Rural Development provides equity 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 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or by contacting Stan L. Wolfe , at the St. Joseph Rural Development office, 3915 Oakland Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 or by calling 816-364-3767 ext. 4.

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