Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $257,300 in Rural Development Grants

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that two Vermont towns have received a total of $257,300 in grants for rural development projects.  The grants were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to Greensboro and Brattleboro.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “Whether funding public safety needs in Greensboro or strengthening the local food system in Brattleboro, USDA Rural Development offers one more example of how vital the Farm Bill is to Vermont.  These federal investments will continue to strengthen and improve communities throughout our state.”

The Greensboro Fire District received $251,000 in an Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant from the USDA.  The grant will be used to construct a new well, power source, pump and control building with a chemical feed system and metering and control systems.  In 2012, drought conditions put a strain on the existing system, which required the use of an emergency water supply and the issuance of a “boil water” notice to users in the community.  

The Brattleboro Area Farmers Market received $6,300 to assist with the purchase of a permanent site off of Route 9 in Brattleboro.  The purchase will help ensure the vitality of the market into the future.

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