Many tri-state communities are facing the daunting task of replacing aging sewer systems that will cost millions to upgrade.
One of those towns is Monroe City, Missouri.
But today, the community received some help from the USDA, however, the voters will have the final say.
The rural development funding from the USDA is broken down into two categories.
The first is a 4.3 million dollar loan and the second is a almost $700,000 grant.
The USDA has already approved the money, but Monroe City residents will vote on November 6th on whether to approve the loan.
"We have an aging sewer system in Monroe City. We have areas in town that have the original sewer system in it and it is old clay tile pipe that is crumbling, falling apart," said Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor.
Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor knows the sewer system needs fixed, but said a lack of funding has stalled the project.
"We raised sewer rates last year in anticipation of fixing the sewers over time," said Minor.
But Minor said it would have taken a long time to raise enough money to complete the upgrades.
"We were going to spend approximately two hundred thousand a year for as long as it took to fix the sewer system and it may have taken twenty years," said Minor.
Now, thanks to a $4.3 million loan and a $678,000 grant from the USDA, the project is set to be completed in a year.
Terry Luetkemeyer of USDA Rural Development said Monroe City is one of many in Missouri towns facing this problem.
"There's a lot of the communities in the area that have sewer systems, either the treatment doesn't meet current affluent standards or they have problems with their collection lines," said Luetkemeyer.
Minor said that even though residents have seen a $15 increase in their sewage bill to bring the project to fruition, everyone knows the sewer systems need work.
"I think the citizens understand that we have issues with our sewer system and that it is something that needs to happen," said Minor.
The money will be used for 12 miles of pipe lining and new collection lines, along with replacing 95 manholes.
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