Fed­er­als­burg receives en­gi­neer­ing grants

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

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.

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