United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
Bay and Gratiot county communities receive more than $29 million from USDA
EAST LANSING, June 18, 2010 – USDA Rural Development Director for Michigan James Turner today hosted two ceremonies commemorating $29,383,000 in grants and loans for Hampton Township, the City of Essexville and the Village of Breckenridge. The money is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“USDA Rural Development is pleased to partner with these communities to help protect our water resources,” said Turner. “It is another way we are working to improve the quality of life for Rural Michigan residents.”
Hampton Township received a $13,224,000 loan and a $4,778,000 grant to make improvements to the existing sewer system. The project consists of two pump stations, six miles for force main, rehabilitation of existing pump stations and other improvements. The project will serve 2,219 rural customers.
City of Essexville received a $7,485,000 loan to construct a pump station, new screening equipment, pumping equipment for the combined sewer overflow basin, electrical improvements and a standby generator. The project will serve 1,566 rural customers.
The Village of Breckenridge received a $1,142,000 grant and $2,756,000 loan to replace 12,000 feet of water main, add a 300,000 gallon storage tank, replacement of various main line valves and hydrants, and two emergency generators. The project will serve 546 rural customers.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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