News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018778
ContactCheryl Elliott(573) 985-7211, Ext. 4
(OCTOBER 10, 2012) MONROE CITY RECEIVES USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
Monroe City, MO, Oct 10, 2012 --

@@In a ceremony, held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Award for $5,000,000 to Monroe City. The funds will be used to upgrade the centralized sewer collection system. The assistance consisted of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan of $4,322,000 and a grant of $678,000. The improvements will have a positive impact on the environment and the residents of this truly rural Missouri community.

Klingner and Associates, P.C. has performed an evaluation of the proposed improvements and has worked closely with the city officials to develop a plan that would benefit the residents of Monroe City. The funds will be used to repair and install 62,700 linear feet of pipe lining and collection lines, along with replacing 95 manholes in the wastewater system. The repairs will correct the inflow and infiltration problems that currently exist in the system for the 1,158 users.

“Monroe City is congratulated for its foresight and planning,” said Dunning. “While wastewater projects are not glamorous and their necessity is often misunderstood, these projects are critical to quality of life and community development.  Proper wastewater disposal and treatment is a quality of life issue because without this crucial infrastructure the health of residents is at stake and improper treatment could lead to environmental harm.  It is a community development issue due to the inability of other important facilities to locate in cities, towns and villages absent the system to adequately eliminate waste. For most of us, wastewater is forgotten until it does not work, then it becomes a top priority. Monroe City is making wastewater treatment a top priority for the betterment of the community and the benefit of citizens, business owners, and visitors. Rural Development applauds the city’s efforts and expresses gratitude for the partnership.”

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 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 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 rural 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 Cheryl Elliott, Area Specialist, 17623 Hwy 19, New London, MO 63459, or by email to cheryl.elliott@mo.usda.gov, or by calling (573) 985-7211, Ext. 4.

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