The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program presented the City of Butterfield with a certificate on May 22, commemorating the community's commitment to make water and wastewater system upgrades.
The city has received approval for a $378,000 loan and a $572,000 grant to drill a new well and replace and upgrade the existing distribution system. Funds can also be used for street repairs where lines are replaced or repaired.
Additional funding comes from a $500,000 Missouri Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and $200,000 in city funds, which brings the total project cost to $1,650,000.
When complete, the new well will alleviate disruptions in service and loss of pressure due to problems with the existing well and water lines. There are currently 145 residents and businesses in the city.
Mayor Tony Cope expressed appreciation on behalf of the city.
"This project has come together with hard work from the city council, the USDA and other funding agencies, and Simmons Engineering," Cope said. "I would like to say thanks for your cooperation and financial contributions. These much-needed improvements to our water system will benefit the current residents and support improvements to sustain our future growth and economic development for all of our customers."
City officials, USDA Rural Development officials and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and U.S. Representative Billy Long were in attendance.