Federalsburg receives engineering grants
FEDERALSBURG — The town of Federalsburg recently received a total of $26,000 in federal grants to pay for the preliminar y engineering and environmental impact reports for two projects, the replacement of a clean water service line on Old Denton Road and the replacement of existing water meter infrastructure.
George “Happy” Mayer, the town’s grant manager, said the completion of the engineering and impact reports will allow the town to pursue more grant funding for construction.
The town hopes to complete both projects in 2019, he said.
The two grants — $13,000 for each project — are both from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The award was announced in a news release by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md.
“These funds are a federal investment in Federalsburg residents’ access to clean, healthy water,” said Cardin, a senior member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Upgrading our aging water infrastructure and supporting our rural communities’ efforts to maintain clean water systems is a top priority, as both play a huge role in protecting public health. I’ll keep fighting to ensure the federal government remains an active partner in these efforts and that every corner of our state gets the clean water resources it needs.”
“Maryland’s success depends on the strength of our infrastructure in every region of our state, and this federal investment in Federalsburg will help achieve that goal,” said Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “This funding won’t just help replace the town’s water main and meter system — it will support jobs, ensure healthy families and protect our environment. I will continue working in the Senate to invest in and modernize Maryland’s infrastructure, from our roads and bridges, to our public transportation and water management.”
USDA’s Rural Development program was created to support economic development and social services in rural communities across America. Rural Development programs promote economic development by supporting essential services and infrastructure improvements throughout the region.