THAYER -- A water line will be extended in the Thayer Industrial Park thanks to a Rural Business Enterprise grant the city has received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The extension of the water line will fill the needs of the Oregon County Recycling Center that serves the 9,479 residents of Oregon County. Some of the grant funds will also be used to pave the street at the center, Holmes Road.
Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard said a six-inch water line will be constructed under the highway. He added that the new water line will help with water volume which will increase water protection for that area of the city.
Greg Branum, Missouri state director for USDA Rural Development and other USDA officials were in Thayer Feb. 21 to present the check for the project. Branum said the grant would benefit the recycling center, industrial park, city of Thayer and the entire county. He said funds will also be used for street improvements into the industrial park as well as parking improvements for the recycling center.
Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard said the new water line at the site will offer better fire protection and better water service to that portion of the city.
The total project is $217,400 with $43,500 in in-kind and $19,000 is the value of the land donated from the city.The grant is part of $6.1 million in USDA funds that will be funneled throughout rural Missouri to assist businesses' development efforts, increase airport security and expand electrical distribution service.