News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015892
ContactBarbara Ross816-364-3767, ext. 4
(APRIL 10, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES $1,447,820 IN FUNDING TO THE CITY OF CRAIG
Craig, MO, Apr 10, 2012 --

@@Neal S. Miller, Area Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the City of Craig on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 for funding the City has received to improve their water treatment facilities.

The $951,000 USDA Rural Development loan, in combination with a $496,820 USDA Rural Development grant, will be used to improve the water treatment plant and construct a new well and transmission main. These improvements will provide a safe and dependable source of drinking water not only to the 309 residents of Craig, but also to the residents of Big Lake and customers for the Holt Public Water Supply District #1. These improvements will address much needed health and safety issues with the water system.

“Having an environmentally safe water system is important to the residents and I commend all the partners for their hard work in making this project a reality,” said Miller. “This exemplifies the Rural Development mission – committed to the future of rural communities.”

Craig Mayor Candy Whetsel stated, “It is our intentions and hopes that this facility will offer our customers quality water at a very reasonable rate not only for today but also into the future. We would like to thank our elected officials for the success of this project. We would also like to thank Barbara Ross of USDA Rural Development, Stephanie Ross of MAP and Steve Eaton, our former City Administrator for helping bring this project to completion.”

JEO Consulting of Nebraska City, Nebraska, MO is the project engineer.

Miller added, “I am pleased that the residents of the City of Craig will benefit from a substantially improved public water system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.” By obtaining Rural Development financing, a fixed interest rate of 3.75% with a 35-year repayment term was secured for the $951,000 loan for the city’s 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.

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 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ 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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