April 10, 2008

Grants Will Help Wyaconda Connect to New Water Supply

For years the only thing preventing the city of Wyaconda from connecting to neighboring Clark County Public Water Supply District #1 was the price tag. Now thanks to a number of state grants, the community will be able to proceed with the project that is expected to cost $650,000.

On March 26th, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt announced that Wyaconda had been approved for a $362,500 award from the FY 2007 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Wyaconda City Clerk Gayle Randle indicated that the CPWSD#1 of Clark County will provide $87,000 for the project in the form of low interest loans secured through the USDA Rural Development program, as well as $123,500 in grant funds from the USDA-RD.

The remaining $77,000 for the project will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The city has long been awaiting this news, said Randle. We are now waiting for the final approval from USDA, which we hope will be in the very near future.

Randle praised the work of Jim Alderton, the Wyaconda City Council and Dave Davison of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission.

This has been a long, tedious process, requiring a lot of hard work by myself and all of these individuals, Randle said. Jim and I put in a lot of hours getting this project going. There is a lot of red tape to go through when dealing with this many different agencies, each having their own regulations and forms to comply with.

The CDBG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants and loan funds to cities with a population under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 to assist in a variety of public works and economic development projects.



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