News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012690
ContactDonna R. Martin(573) 756-6413
Hawk Point, 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 Hawk Point. The certificate was presented in recognition of the city and their continual efforts to keep the water and wastewater system’s infrastructure current and up-to-date. The City of Hawk Point is able to perform these improvements to the water and wastewater systems with the assistance of $2,355,000 in loan funds and $495,000 in grant funds from USDA Rural Development.

The system improvements include increased treatment capabilities, an additional water supply, additional storage, and replacement of some undersized and deteriorated distribution lines. The existing two-cell lagoon has proven to be inadequate during prolonged wet weather. A non-discharging facility is being considered. The treated wastewater would be land applied slow enough for all the effluent to absorb into the ground. This type of system has lower operation and maintenance costs than some other treatment alternatives. In addition to the wastewater improvement, the city is proposing to purchase a reliable back-up water source with a yield sufficient to allow growth. A new 100,000 gallon elevated storage tank is planned to address the storage deficiency. The existing storage only has about 50,000 gallons of usage storage versus the 103,000 gallons necessary to meet MoDNR design guide. Finally, several undersized mains, a few lines with outdated pipe material, and numerous dead-end lines are scheduled to be replaced. These improvements will alleviate some potential culprits that create health and sanitary issues.

“Thanks to these investments, the people of Hawk Point can continue to rely on a safe a reliable water source within their community,” U.S. Senator McCaskill said. “It’s a comfort to know that the city of Hawk Point will be able to make much-needed upgrades to its water and wastewater systems.”

U.S. Congressman Todd Akin stated, “I’m delighted that the City of Hawk Point 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.”  

“We are very appreciative for the grant and loan funding we are receiving from the USDA-Rural Development, and especially to Donna Martin and Terry Luetkemeyer of the Farmington Office who have put a lot of hours into helping us. Because of this funding, Hawk Point will be able to improve and expand our existing drinking water and wastewater systems. Improvement of our existing systems allows us to provide better quality of services to our current citizens, and expansion allows an opportunity for new development and growth for our city. I would also like to praise our Board of Aldermen and our city employees, who have worked very hard with the USDA Farmington office to make this happen. The City of Hawk Point should be very proud and excited about these projects. We see great things in the future for the city,” stated Robert Henebry, Mayor of the City of Hawk Point.

“Having an adequate supply of water and an environmentally safe wastewater treatment system are important to the customers and I commend all for their hard work in making these projects a reality. Financing infrastructure improvement to assure safe water systems and dependable waste disposal systems mirrors President Obama’s initiative,” said Dunning. “These projects mirror USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I am pleased that so many households will benefit from the improvements.”

Dunning added, “Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at or can contact Donna Martin at the Area Office at the Farmington, MO by calling 573-756-6413, Ext. 119.

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