In a ceremony on Dec. 17 Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the City of Frankford in conjunction with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The certificate was presented in recognition of the City of Frankford and their effort to stimulate the economy by utilizing $643,900 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The USDA Rural Development water and waste water funds include a $330,000 loan and $313,900 grant. These funds will finance the rehabilitation of a four cell aerated lagoon to an in-basin activated sludge plant. The project will benefit the 328 residents living in the city with an improved sewer system.
“It’s crucial to make sure that sewer facilities protect the health and safety of Missourians and don’t allow hazardous materials to leak into the environment,” said U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. “I am happy to see these federal stimulus funds will help the city of Frankford rehabilitate its wastewater facilities and further reduce the amount of ammonia released into the local tributary.”
It is critical that we protect rural Missourians from potential environmental dangers and that is why this kind of funding is so important. Clearly, the 328 residents of Frankford will benefit from this grant and I appreciate the USDA’s willingness to help this community,” said U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer.
“We needed to rehabilitate the lagoon to be in compliance with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and we did not have the financing,” said Mayor Helen Pratt. “We feel very fortunate to receive the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to go forward with this project.”
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe waste disposal system,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable waste disposal system.”
Dunning added, “Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
Anyone seeking more information about the water and wastewater programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Farmington Area Office at 812 Progress Dr., Farmington, MO 63640 or by calling 573-756-6413, ext. 4.