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Hoeven highlights local wastewater report grant

By Sue Sitter - | Jan 23, 2021

A funding award by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for a preliminary report on a water/sewer infrastructure project in Rugby was among four highlighted recently by Sen. John Hoeven.

Hoeven announced the $22,500 USDA grant together with others in three North Dakota communities.

City of Rugby Auditor Jennifer Stewart said the funds were “a search grant. It’s not for any work for infrastructure.”

Stewart said the grant would fund a preliminary engineering report on an area near 2 ¢ Avenue and Sixth Street in Rugby. The area has been a topic of discussion in city council meetings due to concerns over aging and crumbling water and sewer pipes.

The city hired Grand Forks firm AE2S for engineering services related to the project.

“We applied for $30,000 and (the USDA) awarded $22,500 because they analyzed our finances and felt we could pay $7,500,” Stewart said. “We were awarded $22,500, the cost is $30,000, so we have to supplement the balance with our reserves. The balance came from our enterprise funds.”

Rugby Mayor Sue Steinke said, “We are grateful for the ability to apply to USDA for grants and loans that assist the City of Rugby in making more timely repairs to our infrastructure.”

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