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USDA Invests $1.65 Million in Chinook Water Infrastructure

 

November 13, 2019



USDA is providing Chinook with a $865,000 grant and a $789,000 loan to improve water distribution. The project will replace fire hydrants and valves, and construct a new bulk water station, improving the water flow and ability to fight a fire. Craig Carlson, USDA Community Programs Specialist in our Great Falls office, coordinated this project for us. I want to thank Craig for his dedication to improving the quality of life for rural Montanans. This project would not be possible without $625,000 from the Treasure State Endowment Program. Like so many of our investments, partnerships make projects possible.

This project in Chinook is just one recent example of the Trump Administration’s investments in rural Montana through USDA’s 40+ Rural Development programs that provide grants, direct loans, and loan guarantees to your constituents, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. Last year alone, USDA Rural Development programs invested over $227 million in rural Montana communities.

USDA Rural Development is committed to improving the quality of life and facilitating rural Montana prosperity by investing in infrastructure, business development, housing, and high-speed internet access. If you have questions about this project or any of our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or Shelby Johnsen at (406) 585-2587 or shelby.johnsen@usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development has approved a grant of $865,000.00

This Grant is part of the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program.

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senators Steve Daines and John Tester are named on the grant awarded to the City of Chinook.

Project Description: This Rural Development investment will be used to loop dead-end water mains, up-size 4-inch water mains and up-size Ohio Street mains, replace approximately 13 fire hydrants and 20 valves, install back-flow prevention, and construct a new bulk water fill station. The upgrades will improve water flows and the ability to fight a fire. This is an incremental upgrade to the existing system which is a proactive step before maintenance issues from an aging system can arise in the future.

People Who Will Benefit: 1,203 Total Project Cost: $865,000.00

USDA Rural Development has approved a loan of $789,000.00

This Loan is part of the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program.

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senators Steve Daines and John Tester are named on the loan awarded to the City of Chinook.

Project Description: This Rural Development investment will be used to loop dead-end water mains, upsize 4-inch water mains and up-size Ohio Street mains, replace approximately 13 fire hydrants and 20 valves, install back-flow prevention, and construct a new bulk water fill station. The upgrades will improve water flows and the ability to fight a fire. This is an incremental upgrade to the existing system which is a proactive step before maintenance issues from an aging system can arise in the future.

Loan Term: 40 years Interest Rate: 2.75% People Who Will Benefit: 1,203

Additional Funding: Treasure State Endowment Program: $625,000.00, Borrower: $118,000.00

Total Project Cost: $1,532,000.00

 
 

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