Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Town of Cortlandville has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant totaling $3,845,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. The award is comprised of a $3,495,000 loan and a $350,000 grant. The funding will be used to repair the existing sewer system to bring the sewer into compliance with the Cortland County Health Department codes.
“Efficiently supporting our rural communities with funding for clean water and sanitary sewers is pivotal for our community and our economy,” said Schumer. “Funding sewer renewal projects in Cortlandville will boost public health and bring infrastructure jobs to the region, which will spur local economic development.”
“This is an important investment for Cortlandville,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal resources to upgrade Cortlandville’s sewer system will help improve water services for families and businesses. Investing in this kind of key infrastructure can help attract new businesses and support new jobs to help strengthen our local economy. And when these investments are made at the federal level, that helps reduce the burden on local taxpayers.”
The funding is part of the USDA Rural Development annual budget. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of necessary community and technology infrastructure.