News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018224
ContactGlenda Shafer(660) 665-3274, Ext. 4
(AUGUST 29, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES FUNDING TO ASSIST CITY OF NEW FRANKLIN
New Franklin, MO, Aug 29, 2012 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on August 29, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $1,454,500 to City of New Franklin. Funds will be used to construct a land application no discharge sewer treatment system. The assistance consisted of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan of $1,353,000 and grant of $101,500. This new no discharge sewer treatment system will improve the quality of life for the 430 users of this truly rural Missouri community.

The engineering firm of Allstate Consultants performed an evaluation of the proposed facility and has worked closely with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan that would benefit this small rural area of users and yet remain affordable to the end beneficiaries. The project will resolve the hydraulic overloads that the treatment system is currently experiencing. By making the change to a land application system, it will lead to the preservation of the current receiving stream. The wastewater will be recycled for irrigation purposes benefiting surrounding environmental and local agriculture in the community.

A partnership funding effort is being planned between USDA Rural Development and MO Dept. of Economic Development for CDBG funds with the assistance from Mid-MO Regional Planning Commission.

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist with the funding for the construction of a no discharge sewer treatment system for the City of New Franklin,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “This project is essential in promoting the safety of the citizens in this rural area of Northeast 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.”

For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2001. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

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, small town 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 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 $172 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 America.

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or by contacting Leann Gleason, Area Specialist, 2410 S Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501, or by email to leann.gleason@mo.usda.gov, or by calling (660) 665-3274, Ext. 4.

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