U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly joined Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson Friday, Sept. 12, at a press conference to announce the award of a USDA Rural Development grant and loan to the City of Nappanee for a Sewer Wet Weather Alternative Project.
USDA Rural Development is awarding the City of Nappanee with a grant of more than $12.8 million and a loan of more than $15.3 million. These resources will allow Nappanee to move forward with an important project to eliminate untreated sewer overflow. Nappanee has been dealing with combined sewage overflow produced during wet weather events. Donnelly wrote a letter of support for the City of Nappanee’s application to the USDA.
Donnelly said, “It was a pleasure to join Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson for the announcement that the City of Nappanee will receive a significant grant and loan from USDA for a Sewer Wet Weather Alternative Project. This project should have a positive impact on Nappanee, improving the community’s economic stability and water quality, in addition to helping keep utility bills more affordable. This is an important day for Nappanee families and the entire community.”
Thompson said, “The Combined Sewer Overflow Project grant will allow Nappanee to meet all requirements to assist with the construction of an interceptor system and treatment facility. Without this grant and low interest loans, this would have been extremely difficult for Nappanee to complete in a timely and affordable manner. I am extremely appreciative to the USDA Rural Development, Sen. Donnelly, retired Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Ingle, Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Brown and to Water/Wastewater Superintendent Gale Gerber for their help in assisting us in obtaining this award.”
For more information on how Donnelly’s office can assist cities, municipalities and groups applying for federal grants, please visit http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/help/grants.