FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES HAMLET OF ARKVILLE TO RECEIVE $260,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING – INVESTMENT WILL IMPROVE TOWN'S SEWER SYSTEMS
Schumer Announces $260,000 Grant Coming to Arkville Through USDA Rural Development Program
Funding Will Rehabilitate Sewer Systems to Benefit Residents
Schumer: This Investment Will Improve Quality of Life, Protect Public Health and Spur Economic Development in Delaware County
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Hamlet of Arkville in the Town of Middletown, in Delaware County, has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant totaling $260,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. The funding will be used to improve the Hamlet of Arkville water system and control buildings.
"Efficiently supporting our rural communities with funding for clean water and sewer repairs spurs job and boosts our economy,” said Schumer. “Funding water renewal projects in the Hamlet of Arkville will protect public health and bring infrastructure jobs to the region even while it spurs local economic development.”
Rural Development funds will be used for upgrades in the Hamlet of Arkville for the Arkville Water District. The project will install an additional well and control building, and replace water main along NYS Route 28. Currently the system does not meet Public Health regulations because there is no back up water source. In addition, the distribution lines are deteriorated and undersized. The Town was under construction of this project when it was devastated by Hurricane Irene and lost a significant source of revenues for the repayment of the project. The Town has been granted additional grant funds to make this project affordable to the existing residents left in the town after the flooding.
The funding is part of the USDA Rural Development annual budget. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of necessary community and technology infrastructure.