News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016615
ContactGlenda Shafer(660) 665-3274, ext. 4
Fayette, MO, May 29, 2012 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on May 29, 2012, Anita “Janie” Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $30,875 to City of Fayette. Funds were used to purchase a new rescue truck. The assistance consisted of a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant of $15,930 and Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $14,945. The City of Fayette contributed $45,825 to the project. This new equipment will improve the quality of life for the 2,793 residents of this central Missouri community.

Bryan Kunze, former police chief, stated, “Obtaining this new rescue truck really was a community effort with the USDA Rural Development Office in the lead. Many groups were a part of making this a reality. They include the City of Fayette, Howard County Fire Protection District, Fayette Volunteer Firemen, Fayette Area Community Trust and the Fayette Area Common Fund but without the help of Rural Development it would not have been possible. The new truck is heavier duty to carry rescue tools which overloaded the 17 year old truck it replaced. It will be safer for the firemen to operate and get more equipment to the scene.”

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist with the funding for a new rescue vehicle for the City of Fayette,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “This type of equipment is essential in providing for the safety of the citizens in rural Missouri. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I would like to give a special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for this type of project.”

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 extension 4.

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