News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017846
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Jul 30, 2012 --

@@Today, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a total of $455,000 in grants to the Town of Middletown. The Water and Waste Disposal Grants received will be dispersed between two town projects. The first proposed project is for upgrades to the water district in the Hamlet of Arkville that include the installation of an additional well and reconstruction of a control building. A water main will also be replaced along NYS Route 28, which currently does not meet Public Health regulations resulting from devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene. 

The remaining funds will be used to reconstruct the existing well control building that will include a second level at a height well above the floodplain.  This will allow the controls to be placed above the flood elevation and also allow separation of chemical storage and equipment, thereby extending the life of the equipment and providing proper separation and ventilation in keeping with building codes and Department of Health (DOH) regulations.

“The USDA continuously sees the devastating effects natural disasters cause in our rural communities. However, it is imperative to continue moving forward to build and sustain our communities and most importantly to protect public safety,” said Bryan Clerkin, USDA RD NY Acting State Director.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy and strengthening small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.   

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at