Fairfax, MO, Apr 10, 2012 -- Neal S. Miller, Area Director for USDA Rural Development, announced funding of $8,180 to the City of Fairfax to help purchase a new utility tractor and mower for city maintenance. A certificate of congratulations representing the funding was presented to the City of Fairfax during a funding celebration held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Fairfax.
The grant funds originated from Rural Development’s Community Facility program. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the tractor ($21,520) was provided by the City of Fairfax.
The tractor will be used to maintain the approximate 12 acres of the city’s property. This will include mowing the baseball fields, around the wastewater lagoons, and along the streets and ditches to increase visibility at the intersections. It will also be used for snow removal and the spraying of the city’s parks to keep them more pleasant and useable.
City officials expressed their appreciation to Rural Development for funding of the new tractor, as the city’s older tractor was no longer adequate to meet the needs of the city. The city was not in a financial position to purchase the tractor without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.
“Funding of this tractor for city maintenance is another example of Rural Development being committed to the future of rural communities,” said Miller. “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.”
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 contact Jeremy Brady at the Maryville Rural Development office, 502 West South Hills Drive, Suite 103, Maryville, Missouri 64468 or by calling 660-582-7421, ext. 4.
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