United States Department
of Agriculture Rural Development
LUCE COUNTY RECIEVES $1.5 MILLION FROM USDA
EAST LANSING, Aug. 20, 2008 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett today presented two ceremonial checks totaling more $1,582,000 to community leaders in Newberry and Germfask Township for water and public safety improvements.
USDA Rural Development has a great record of working with Luce County, said DeRossett. From clean water to public safety, we are working with communities to get the job done.
Germfask Township received $1,570,000 ($395,000 loan and $1,175,000 grant) for a second production well, a new 75,000-gallon ground-level accumulation storage tank, a centrifugal pump station, 4,500 feet of 12-inch water main, 4,000 feet of 8-inch water main and appurtenances, pumps, water meters, a standby generator and a river crossing. The project brings the township into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and will benefit 93 rural customers.
Luce County received a $12,000 grant for a new animal control vehicle.
The events are part of a series of ceremonies commemorating more than $6 million in grants and loans this month for communities across the Upper Peninsula.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity, liquidity, and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/.
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