Elsberry, MO, Oct 05, 2011 -- In a ceremony on October 5, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the City of Elsberry. The certificate was presented in recognition of the City and their continual efforts to keep the water system infrastructure current. The City is able to perform these upgrades to the water system with the assistance of $1,904,000 in loan funds and $405,000 in grant funds from USDA Rural Development.
The upgrades include the construction of an elevated storage tank, replacement of some old antiquated lines, and the installation of chain link fencing. The old 1934 tank located at Ellis Avenue has several deficiencies. A new 250,000 gallon elevated storage tank will be constructed on this site and the old tank will be removed. The City replaced most of the antiquated lines in 2003, but unfortunately some cast iron and galvanized steel water mains are still in place. In addition, there are some under sized lines throughout the system also. Most of these lines will be increased in size and replaced with polyvinyl chloride pipe. All public utilities are to have limited access to protect the public from attacks. Therefore chain link fencing is to be installed at the new tank location at Ellis Avenue and at the existing elevated tank on Brown Mills Road. All these improvements will increase water distribution flow, fire flow and protection.
“These rural development resources will mean better access to a more efficient supply of fresh water for the citizens of Elsberry,” U.S. Senator McCaskill said. “A new elevated water tank and proper sized water mains will mean a dependable and safe water supply for the community.”
U.S. Congressman Todd Akin stated, “I’m delighted that the City of Elsberry was able to obtain the financial assistance they needed for these improvements. USDA Rural Development continues to fulfill a critical role in 21st Century America. Ensuring that rural communities have access to funds via loans and grants to improve water supply and distribution systems, build waste water treatment facilities, upgrade housing for seniors and low income residents, and even to participate in energy-saving initiatives, helps make those communities attractive places to live and work. Only with these essential services in place can our rural communities continue to serve as the support bases which enable our farmers, ranchers and dairymen to provide food, fuel and fiber for America and for the world.”
“The City of Elsberry is pleased to work with Rural Development in securing the funds to make necessary improvements to our outdated water tower and lines. The award of a Rural Development grant allows the city to complete the work as planned and for that we are extremely grateful,” stated Richard Korasick, Mayor of the City of Elsberry.
“Having an environmentally safe and adequate supply of water is important to the customers and I commend all for their hard work in making this project a reality. Financing infrastructure improvement to assure a safe water system mirrors President Obama’s initiative,” said Dunning. “This project reflects USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I am pleased that users will benefit from an adequate and dependable water system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for funding these projects.”
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or can contact Donna Martin at the Area Office at the Farmington, MO by calling 573-756-6413, Ext. 119.
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