Grants, loan to improve Scott County water system…

From the Southeast Missourian newspaper’s August 16, 2008 edition…

Saturday, August 16, 2008 

Grants, loan to improve Scott Co. water system

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available two grants and a loan to Scott County Water Supply District No. 4, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s office. The grants allot $1,673,970 for use in water and environmental programs. The grant money will be in addition to a $2,258 loan from the USDA. “This funding will help connect people in Scott County to a clean, reliable source of water as we expand and improve the infrastructure in the water supply district,” Emerson said in a prepared statement. The project involves 145 miles of water lines, a well and storage tank being added to the District’s system. The new system will serve 718 households and two public schools. “Anything that’s going to benefit the project is a good thing,” said Scott County Commissioner Dennis E. Ziegenhorn.”

You might be wondering what this has to do with Marble Hill? Nothing, except for the fact that it proves that there is money out there to improve water and sewer systems in Marble Hill, and as I predicted, if we don’t apply for it, someone else will.

Scott County just got a very large chunk of it, but according to Assistant Administrator Shrum, a study to estimate the cost of such a project in our town would cost $10,000.

That could have been our million dollar water and sewer improvement project.

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