PFA, other government sources provide funding for upgrades
11/28/2017 1:37:40 PM
Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL – The city of Kelliher was awarded nearly $2 million in grants and loans from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) and other government entities for upgrades to its water and sewer system.
Kelliher, a city of about 260 people in north-central Minnesota, will use the funding to replace a water tower and water main and to rehabilitate its sewer collection system.
“Communities across Minnesota face serious water quality challenges,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Last spring, I worked with the Minnesota Legislature to establish a grant program to help cities afford to make water quality improvements. These grants and loans will help the residents of Kelliher to afford the clean drinking water they deserve.”
“Kelliher will have a significantly improved water and sewer system, thanks to this project,” said Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the PFA board and is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “These upgrades will improve the natural environment and make Kelliher more attractive for businesses and families.”
Funding for the water tower and water main project came from the following sources:
PFA Water Infrastructure Fund grant – $421,000
DEED Small Cities Development Program grant – $600,000
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program grant – $233,267
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program loan – $123,000
Funding for the sewer collection system upgrades came from the following sources:
PFA Water Infrastructure Fund grant – $109,000
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program grant – $158,085
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program loan – $321,920
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota. Read more at the PFA website.
Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.