News Release — USDA Rural Development
Oct. 25, 2013
Marie Ferris, (802) 828-6080
Montpelier, VT – October 25, 2013. USDA Rural Development has announced that additional grant funding has been made available to the towns of Canaan, VT and Stewartstown, NH to cover the additional costs associated with the replacement of their shared wastewater treatment plant and related pump stations.
A total of $662,000 in additional USDA grant funding was provided to assist the towns. These funds will supplement previously approved loan/grant funding in the amount of $3,440,000 which was committed in 2011. Recent higher than anticipated bids caused the shortfall in funding. With the additional grants, the towns have awarded a construction contract to Daniel Hebert, Inc. located in Colebrook, NH. Construction has begun and will continue through the summer of next year. The wastewater plant, which is located in Canaan, was built in 1973 and has exceeded its designed life of 30 years.
“USDA’s bi-state investment will help keep sewer rates for residents of Canaan and Stewartstown more managable. Rural communities find it much more difficult to bear the cost of this expensive infrastructure, and this federal investment will ensure the communities have a functioning system that will benefit both residential and commercial customers – improving the quality of life for rural residents of Vermont and New Hampshire,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Ted Brady.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that today’s funding announcement is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.