News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015822
ContactGlenda Shafer660-665-3274, ext. 4
Center, Apr 17, 2012 --

@@On April 17, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, attended a Certificate of Recognition Ceremony for Cannon Water Supply District #1 of Ralls, Monroe, and Marion County.

Cannon Water Supply District #1 of Ralls, Monroe, and Marion County, MO was recognized for their partnership with USDA to provide improvements to the central wastewater system and will have a positive impact on the environment to the residents of City of Center.

MECO Engineering has performed an evaluation of the proposed improvements and has worked closely with the water district and the rural residents to design a system that will provide proper treatment of sanitary waste.

The financing package consists of funds from USDA Rural Development Water & Wastewater Loan Program in the amount of $770,000 low interest loan and $330,000 grant. The revenues generated from the sewer rates will pay for the borrowed funds.

“I’m thrilled the Cannon Water Supply District will have the resources to help make the necessary improvements to their wastewater system,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “Thanks to the hard work of all involved, the residents of Center will soon see this crucial infrastructure upgrade become a reality.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe wastewater distribution system,” said Dunning. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks go to our federal elected officials of U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill, U. S. Senator Roy Blunt, and U. S. Representative Sam Graves for their support of funds for projects like the one in the water district. I am pleased that rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable wastewater system.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Further information on Rural Development programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http:/ or by contacting Leann Gleason at the Kirksville USDA Service Center at 2410 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63501 or by calling 660-665-3274, ext. 4.

“Committed to the future of rural communities.”

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”

To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W.,

Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).