The town of Lenox has been awarded a $62,900 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding program. The grant is in addition to funding announced last year, which included a $500,000 grant and an $898,000 low-interest loan.
Last year's funding was used for the Pine Ridge/Lewis Point Road Water District, which is now complete, but the project went over budget due to rock excavation.
"The rock excavation was a lot more than anticipated," said Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica.
There are around 270 residents living in the district. This latest grant will complete the project without placing an undue financial burden on its users, DiVeronica said.
Congressman John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor), who helped secure the grant, said the USDA's continued support of the town of Lenox through grants and low-interest loans has ensured that the town can make the necessary infrastructure improvements, which brings benefit to current and future residents and businesses.
"It is essential that small communities have the safe and reliable water infrastructure; however, it is often cost prohibitive for localities to finance on their own," McHugh said. "I will continue to support USDA's efforts to ensure local funding can be supplemented by the federal government."