BANGOR, Maine — USDA Rural Development is issuing funding totaling $654,935 for four community projects in Maine:
The Bingham Union Library will receive a $16,300 Economic Impact Initiative Grant for energy and accessibility improvements. Renovations include a new heating system, insulation and handicapped parking. The library serves the towns of Bingham, Moscow, Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Central Somerset County and Caratunk. The library has a long history of providing service to the community. In 1856, a group of women organized the Bingham-Corcord-Moscow Circulation Library and books were kept in several places around the town. In 1920, the Library Association was established by a committee of the Century Club, a women’s club dedicated to bringing cultural programs to the area. Today the library not only provides traditional library services, but plays an important role in IT connection for many rural residents in the community.
The Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation in Princeton will receive a $37,600 Economic Impact Initiative Grant to construct a sand/salt storage shed. This project is needed to protect the sand and salt necessary for road maintenance and safety during the winter months, as well as to protect environmental resources located around the sand salt. Currently the sand and salt is not covered, and salt is leaching to the surrounding area and killing the vegetation. More ground water may be contaminated, causing additional environmental problems if the issue is not corrected.
Aroostook Dental Clinic Inc. in Presque Isle will receive a $17,535 Economic Impact Initiative Grant to purchase a new dental and operating chair, computer server and phone system for their dental clinic.
The Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation in Perry will receive a $583,500 Water and Waste Disposal Grant to replace existing sewer lines and a pump station. The sewer lines and pump station to be replaced have reached the end of their useful life and have failed in the past. This project will improve the collection system and reduce infiltration and inflow, providing environmental benefits and improved Tribal sewer services.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a state officelocated in Bangor. There are 63 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. USDA Rural Development invested a total of $402.5 million in Maine communities last Fiscal Year. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.