Hopkins grader

USDA Rural Development and the Hopkins Township Road Association celebrated the purchase of a new motor grader on Aug. 14. Left to right: John White, Wilson Noakes, Terry Davison, Ed Walker, Ben Aldrich, North District Commissioner Chris Burns, Roger Florea and Amber Barnes.

HOPKINS, Mo. — USDA Rural Development and the Hopkins Township Road Association celebrated the purchase of a new motor grader and attachments by the association on Aug. 14.

The purchase was made through an $88,000 Community Facilities loan and a $60,000 Community Facilities grant to purchase the equipment.

The equipment will be used for snow removal and maintenance on more than 50 miles of roadways throughout the township, replacing an older motor grader that became unreliable due to its age and heavy use. The loan and grant awards were announced in late June.

At the celebration, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Amber Barnes expressed her thanks to association board members John White, Terry Davison and Roger Florea for their hard work throughout the application process and presented them with a certificate of award. Ben Aldrich of Murphy Tractor & Equipment was also presented with a certificate of recognition for his excellent customer service throughout the application and purchase process.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for funding under the USDA's Community Facilities program. Eligible applications include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

Information on programs available through USDA Rural is available by visiting www.rd.usda.gov/mo or by calling Amber Barnes at 816-364-3927, Ext. 4.

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