Article by: Mary Kennedy and Chris Giesen
CEDA’s Vice President, and Harmony’s CEDA representative Chris Giesen authored and was awarded a $46,000 USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant for the City of Harmony. The grant dollars will be used to upgrade a standby electric generator at the wastewater treatment plant and to purchase a scissor lift aerial work platform for the Public Works Department. “The Community Facilities grant has been a great program for Harmony. This is the third Community Facilities grant we’ve been awarded, all of which have been used to upgrade critical equipment for the City. Especially with the storms this past winter as a fresh reminder, having adequate and reliable back up electricity to operate our water and sewer system is critical,” said Giesen. The Public Works department is excited to get the lift, as it will make the work that once required ladders easier and safer.
The Community Facilities grant is available on an ongoing basis and cities are qualified based on local demographics and need. “USDA is always very helpful with this program.” Giesen shared. Eligible cities and projects can qualify for 75% grants, up to $50,000. Loans are also available for larger projects.