News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015943
ContactLouAnn Rongey660-665-3274, ext. 4
Livonia, MO, Apr 24, 2012 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on April 24, 2012, Putnam County Special Projects was recognized for the receipt of $66,470 to purchase a road grader. The assistance consists of a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities loan of $65,000 and grant of $1,470. This essential equipment allows for the purchase of an updated grader that will reduce maintenance costs and allow the township to continue to maintain rural roads.

Putnam County Special Projects will provide improved quality of services, in a safe and efficient manner, to the 248 residents in this rural area of Northeast Missouri.

“Job-growth and successful business depends upon good infrastructure,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “Thanks to Putnam County’s work in securing the resources for a new road grader, the residents of Putnam will soon see necessary improvements to ensure their roads are safe and reliable.”

Gary Whitney, President, is excited for this low interest loan that allows them to make affordable payments on equipment purchase of this size. This loan, coupled with the grant and a contribution from their own resources made this a wise investment for the community.

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist Putnam County Special Projects with funding of the new road grader to benefit citizens in this rural area of Northeast Missouri,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”

The funds are part of the Community Facility Program, which provide loans and grants to public bodies and non-profit entities to assist in the development and improvements of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns up to 20,000 in population.

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting LouAnn Rongey, Area Specialist, 2410 S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501, or by email to or by calling (660) 665-3274, ext. 4.

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