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LeRoy gains over $3M in USDA funds for sewer project

The Coffey County town of LeRoy is receiving a hefty loan-and-grant package from the USDA to upgrade its sewer system.

Officially, LeRoy is receiving almost $2.4 million in loans and another $740,000 in grants for the project.

City Clerk Linda Doggett says a lot of work is coming to the lift station and the town's sewer lines.

Doggett says the work is needed around town.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says projects like the one in LeRoy help to keep rural access to a modern infrastructure in place. Over $200 million will go to almost 75 projects in 40 states, serving around 210,000 rural residents in the process according to the USDA.

Vilsack says there is actually a $2.1 billion backlog in similar shovel-ready water and wastewater projects in rural communities, so passage of a Farm Bill would help provide money to reduce that list.

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