Local community made eligible for federal stimulus funding
LANSING—The village of Maybee has recently been made eligible for thousands in federal stimulus dollars for an infrastructure project, said state Sen. Randy Richardville.
“The federal stimulus program can provide local communities with the money required to make important infrastructure improvements,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Investing in these projects could provide a boost to the state’s economy and create jobs for local residents.”
The village is eligible to receive $155,000 for a lagoon improvement project.
The money is being made available through the recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is expected to provide $168.5 million for sewer upgrades, and $67.5 million for drinking water improvements in Michigan this year.
The communities submitted sewer and drinking water infrastructure projects last spring and summer in anticipation of receiving low-interest loans for the repairs.
Richardville noted that other communities have until May 1 for drinking water projects, and until July 1 for sewer projects should they wish to have those projects added to the state’s 2010 priority project list.
“The funding will prove very useful for the community of Maybee,” Richardville said. “I encourage other communities considering such improvements to submit their requests soon.”
Final decisions on funding allocation will be made once all contract requirements are met and federal funds are made available.
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009
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