News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017737
ContactCheryl R. Elliott(573) 985-7211, Ext. 4
Vandalia, MO, Jul 24, 2012 --

@@In a ceremony, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Award to the City of Vandalia for $19,000 to purchase a new patrol vehicle and related equipment. The vehicle will be utilized in the Vandalia community of 2,529 residents.

The assistance consisted of a Community Facilities Economic Initiative grant of $19,000 from USDA Rural Development. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvement to public bodies and non-profit corporation with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the patrol vehicle ($16,700) will be provided by the City of Vandalia.

“It is great news when a city like Vandalia gets the resources necessary to purchase new safety equipment for the community,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “These additions will improve emergency preparedness and safety for the families and businesses in Vandalia.”

“This vehicle will greatly assist the Vandalia Police Department,” said Police Chief Laird. “The four wheel drive will allow us to better respond in particularly bad weather. It’s hard to imagine right now, but it will snow again and the Police Department won’t have to borrow 4x4 vehicles—which are not equipped for emergency services—from other city departments in order to ensure effective response for our citizens.”

“Our Agency realizes the importance of having reliable vehicles available to the police department so they can respond when an emergency arises.  We are excited to be able to help fill the need of the Vandalia community,” stated Dunning.

“When one considers the important improvements we’ve been able to make in Vandalia, USDA has been a big part in several of them, said City Administrator Alan Winders. “This is especially true with the citizen safety related items such as patrol cars, early warning sirens and fire equipment. I look forward to continuing this beneficial partnership. Ms. [Cheryl] Elliott, Area Specialist, has been very helpful as has been the case with all USDA staff with which we have worked.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life to rural residents. USDA Rural Development provides capital and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting Cheryl Elliott, Area Specialist, at 17623 Hwy 19, New London, MO 63459; by email to; or by calling (573) 985-7211, Ext. 4.

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