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Projects will benefit over 25,000 people in rural Missouri

WILLARD, MO, November 19, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDAMissouri Acting State Director of Rural Development Dr. Clark Thomas announced that $ 1,116,490 is being invested in nine statewide projects to improve essential community services and infrastructure in Missouri rural.

“USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program provides affordable financing options to help develop essential community facilities and services in rural areas,” Thomas said. “Investments like the nine announced today are helping to increase the competitiveness of rural communities across Missouri and will ultimately benefit 25,726 rural Missourians.” “

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The USDA awards the awards under the Direct Community Facility Loans and Grants program. The funding will modernize infrastructure and improve essential community services such as health care, education and emergency response services. Investments in Missouri include:

  • The Bloomfield Town will use a grant of $ 84,000 to purchase a backhoe loader. This modern equipment will help city staff provide essential community services such as applying asphalt for street repairs, digging ditches to resolve drainage issues, cleaning storm sewers and other projects. required.
  • A grant of $ 14,300 will go to Princeton RV School District to buy a passenger car. The Princeton RV School District is one of the largest rural districts in the state in terms of geographic area covered and serves 326 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This additional passenger vehicle will be used to transport smaller groups to events, for teachers participating in professional development training, to deliver meals and for the delivery of schoolwork to students without internet access. Having an additional vehicle will give staff the ability to use a more economical and environmentally friendly transportation option, reduce budget pressures on the district transportation department, and address bus driver shortages.
  • The Annapolis city will use a grant of $ 53,500 used to purchase a maintenance vehicle, snow plow and salt spreader. This equipment will help maintain city roads, Town Hall and other public buildings and improve the safety of residents in inclement weather.
  • A grant of $ 82,540 will go to Zalma Fire Protection District to assist with the purchase of 20 complete sets of response equipment and 13 complete sets of SCBAs. The district’s current equipment is aging and the new equipment will help keep firefighters safe while offering, running and providing essential community services to local residents.
  • East Prairie Municipal Corporation will use a loan of $ 92,600 and a grant of $ 45,000 to purchase four maintenance vehicles and two snow plow attachments to be leased and used by the City of East Prairie. The vehicles will be used to solve municipal maintenance issues throughout the city and the snow plow attachments will help clear city streets during dangerous snow conditions that are currently difficult to resolve with older units.
  • The city ​​of haiti will use $ 80,400 in grant funds to purchase equipment for the city’s street department and 15 full sets of participating equipment for its fire department. Hayti’s current skid steer loader is aging and city street service also needs a confined space tripod, which is used in combination with a harness to lower personnel into storm sewers to clean up debris. This is vital, as it helps prevent flooding on the roads during heavy rains. The city’s fire department will replace obsolete response equipment, allowing firefighters not only to be better protected, but also to easily match and identify their teammates in the event of aid calls involving services. additional.
  • A grant of $ 75,000 will go to Grant City to buy a new dump truck and backhoe, to replace models that are nearing the end of their useful life. The dump truck and backhoe will be used to haul rocks, haul salt, remove snow, clear ditches and work with all city departments, providing essential community services to residents of Grant City.
  • The city ​​of granby will use a grant of $ 30,700 to purchase a law enforcement vehicle, as it currently only has two reliable patrol vehicles for its staff of nine law enforcement officers.
  • A grant of $ 85,200 will go to Houston R-1 School District to purchase a walk-in fridge / freezer for the cafeteria, a new plasma cutter for agriculture and workshop classes, and 16 HVAC units for elementary and Vo-Tech buildings. The current fridge / freezer is getting old and repairs are getting excessive. HVAC units also age, require frequent repair, and are not very energy efficient. Agriculture / Workshop classes need a plasma cutter to use as a teaching aid for projects requiring metal cutting; this will enhance the student experience by learning a new skill and allowing classes to complete more projects than current equipment allows.
  • Dunklin County Union Township will use a grant of $ 473,250 to replace older maintenance equipment that is at the end of its useful life. A new backhoe, two new graders and a new dump truck will provide more reliable maintenance equipment and eliminate the need to rent this type of machinery. Roads, bridges and culverts in Union Township have been severely affected by torrential rains and flooding in recent years, resulting in an exponential increase in equipment use; increased use leads to increased wear and breakdown.

Today’s announcement is part of a larger national announcement by USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small where she announced that $ 222 million would be invested in rural community infrastructure for helping residents of 44 states, Guam and Puerto Rico while visiting the near-full CMH. Willard Medical Center and Walk-in Clinic in Willard, Missouri.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas.

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