COMMUNITIES RECEIVE POLICE, FIRE AND WATER FUNDS FROM USDA RURAL
“I am pleased to
continue USDA Rural Development’s excellent relationship with Upper
Peninsula communities,” said Turner. “These improvements will enhance
public safety and provide for better environmental quality.”
The City of Houghton
received a $2,304,000 loan for its sewer system, which will be combined
with $250,000 from a Community Development Block Grant and $1,203,000
from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The money will replace
existing sanitary sewer mains and manholes under Shelden Avenue, many of
which are failing. The city is also receiving a $1,139,000 loan from
Rural Development to improve water mains and city-owned service lines
downtown. An additional $250,000 from CDBG and $372,000 from MDOT are
supporting this project.
received a $652,000 loan and $2,031,000 grant to install 21,680 feet of
eight-inch gravity collection sewer, 3,350 feet of forcemain, 95
manholes and three lift stations to provide a wastewater collection
system for the communities of Franklin Mine, Coburntown and Lower
Pewabic. The system will purchase treatment from the Portage Lake Water
& Sewer Authority.
The Village of Laurium
received a $13,000 grant and the Village of Calumet received a $20,000
grant, both for the purchase of police vehicles.
received a $153,000 loan and $40,000 grant for a pumper fire truck.
The Village of Baraga
received a $19,000 grant and the Village of L’Anse received a $13,000
grant, both for police vehicles and equipment.
Bay Ambulance in Baraga
received a $14,000 grant for three power lift cots to outfit the
received a $1,376,000 loan and $458,000 grant to replaced 8,600 feet of
old tile gravity sewer line and 216 service laterals. Approximately
1,800 feet of storm drain will be added to allow storm water runoff to
flow separately from the sanitary system and avoid the treatment
facility and manhole covers will be repaired or replaced. In addition,
the township will receive a $1,692,000 loan and $749,000 grant to
replace 11,550 feet of the water distribution system, including valves
and hydrants. Other improvements include individual water meters and a
booster/high service pump station.
events are part of a series of ceremonies commemorating $12.5 million in
grants and loans this month for communities across the Upper
Peninsula. This past year, Rural Development invested a record-setting
$1 billion in Michigan’s rural communities.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase
economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural
residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances
business development and supports the creation of critical community and
technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is
available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting