News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015890
ContactBarbara Ross816-364-3767, ext. 4
Richmond, MO, Apr 18, 2012 --

@@Anita “Janie” Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the City of Richmond on Wednesday, in recognition of funding the City has received.

The funding for the wastewater system improvements consists of a $968,000 loan and a grant of $416,100 through the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program. These funds will be used to convert to a one-plant system and upgrade the structure and capacity of the South Plant. The North treatment plant site will be converted to a pump station with a forced main connecting to the improved, enlarged South Treatment Plant. Also in place will be a five-year upgrade plan for manhole lining, pipelining, manhole and pipe replacement and runoff management physical improvements. The new treatment plant will increase the health and safety of the 6,116 residents of Richmond by providing for adequate collection and treatment of wastewater.

“Having an environmentally safe water system is very important and I commend all the partners for their hard work in making this project a reality,” said Dunning. “I am pleased that the residents of the City of Richmond will benefit from a substantially improved water system.”

Molly McGovern, Mid American Regional Council liaison is assisting the City in their efforts to secure $500,000 of additional grant funds through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Jeffrey Thorn and Mike Milius of Olsson Associates are the engineers on the project.

By obtaining Rural Development financing, a fixed interest rate of 3% with a 35-year repayment term was secured for the $968,000 loan for the water system improvements. USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs are available to eligible entity’s to provide financing for public water and sanitary sewer facilities for rural residents.

Dunning added, “Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects. This project exemplifies the Rural Development mission – committed to the future of rural communities.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development provides funding and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Anyone seeking more information about the water and environmental programs, or any other USDA Rural Development programs, may visit the Missouri’s homepage at or by contacting the St. Joseph Rural Development Area Office, 3915 Oakland Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506 or by calling (816) 364-3767, ext. 4.

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