Progress made on Purdy sewer project

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

City appears assured of $4.65 million in grants, loans

Progress in funding and design has been reported on the Purdy sewer project.

Ten months after voters passed a $4.6 million revenue bond issue to pay for running a sewer pipeline from Purdy to Monett, Mayor Steve Roden reported Chris Erisman, engineer for Allgeier, Martin and Associates, had begun design work on the pipeline. In addition, crews from the engineering firm started preliminary surveying on the proposed pipeline path, parallel to the Arkansas Missouri railroad tracks leading from Monett. Roden said surveyors wanted to explore for any "swamps or mountains" on the route.

Construction should begin in 2017.

While funding efforts are not totally finalized, city officials believe they will receive a $1.25 million Community Development Block Grant and a $1.71 million grant from the Rural Development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition, the USDA has pledged a loan of $1.69 million.

With $4.65 million in funding secured in addition to the revenue bonds, Roden felt the final monthly cost for residents would fall within an affordable range. Roden has worked for additional funding to keep costs around 2 percent of the median income for the community, the range representatives from the Department of Natural Resources said should be to qualify for state funding.

A target date has not yet been set for raising rates to that amount. Presently, an average family pays approximately $45 a month. That amount is expected to rise to around $52 a month.

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