WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded the Town of Deer Park in Garrett County $50,000 in federal grant funding for the purchase of a new utility service vehicle.
“Rural Marylanders deserve to have roads that are clear in the winter and clear all year round, and this federal grant will help ensure that those who live in Garrett County have both,” Senator Cardin said. “USDA investments like these in our local communities promote productivity and public safety.”
“Rural communities need a government on their side when it comes to upgrading and maintaining critical infrastructure,” said Senator Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee which funds USDARD. “These federal funds will help keep families and businesses on the go by helping the Town of Deer Park clear roads and bridges of snow and debris when severe weather strikes.”
“Ensuring well-maintained streets and emergency routes is critical to keeping Marylanders safe during severe weather and I’m pleased to see the federal government investing in Garrett County,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-06). “This grant, through the USDA Rural Development Grants, will help provide funds to maintain the infrastructure in Western Maryland and prepare for the winter weather ahead.”
The Town of Deer Park will use this federal funding to purchase a new utility vehicle with a plow and a dump bed, so they can better maintain streets and keep emergency routes open during the inclement weather.
The Rural Development grant program was created to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The program helps support essential services and infrastructure improvements, and promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools.