In a ceremony on October 26, 2010, Terry Luetkemeyer, Area Director of USDA Rural Development presented a mock check to the Public Water Supply District 1 of Madison County. The mock check plaque was presented to the water district to celebrate $549,085 in grant funding along with a loan of $100,000 received from Rural Development.
Rural Development funds will be used to complete a line extension and to renovate the district’s north distribution system, storage facilities and water source.
“With the help of competitive grant funds from USDA, Madison County will be able to renovate the district’s north distribution to serve local residents,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “I’m glad that with this help, the county will be able to provide its citizens with a water system that will better serve the community’s needs.”
“Water infrastructure is a major investment in our rural communities, but I am very proud of the dedication Madison County has shown to this project. With this tremendous support from USDA Rural Development, PWSD #1 will be able to overhaul their water system. This is a great opportunity for the area and I appreciate the broad support for these kinds of improvements in our rural communities,” said U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson.
PWSD Board President Raymond Skagg said, “We are very appreciative of the help from USDA Rural Development and from our two U.S. Senators, Claire McCaskill and Christopher “Kit” Bond as well as Representative Jo Ann Emerson. They were all very helpful in securing funding from USDA. We also had lots of support from the congressional staff in our efforts to secure funding.” Skaggs went on to say, “With this funding we will be able to ensure that construction will begin in early 2011. We will be able to continue to supply water service to our current customers and supply the water needs of new customers as well too.”
Field Representative for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s office, Bob Burns said, “It’s all about helping Americans. McCaskill’s office is pleased to be here today to join in this celebration. We know the money is going for the greater good and we like to see the funds being awarded. We also like to see how the funds are being used.”