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$246k to Dudley for paving

Friday, October 5, 2012

COREY NOLES-cnoles@dailystatesman.com Those involved in the Dudley paving project gathered Wednesday to commemorate the beginning of construction this week. Pictured from left are Ron Yersak of SEMO LEOA, Mayor Lucille Mullins, City Clerk Glenda Miller, Kenneth Lambert of ASSA Asphalt and Assistant Clerk Rebecca Gratton.
DUDLEY, Mo. - The City of Dudley was recently awarded a sizeable grant to pave nearly all of the community's streets.

Funded by USDA Rural Development, the Community Development Block Grant is in the amount of $246,670. The city has a $125,000 match on the project.

"The thing that makes this so interesting is that Dudley is one of the last two towns in Missouri funded through this program," said Ron Yersak of the SEMO Local Elected Officials Association (SEMO LEOA). "There is no more funding in this category of CDBG grants."

"Without this grant money, this project would not be happening," said Dudley Mayor Lucille Mullins.

Mullins added that the city's share of the money will not be able to come as in-kind labor, but will have to be cash.

Regardles, the city is excited for the project and what it will mean for the residents of Dudley.

The city has paved some streets in recent years, but the money awarded in this grant will basically pave everything else.

Construction began by ASSA Asphalt of Advance for the project on Monday Oct. 1.

With the aid of the SEMO LEOA, Dudley officials applied for the grant in February 2010.

The LEOA is a local organization formed in 1987. Its chief goals are to help cities obtain grant money, provide technical assistance with water and sewer projects and to assist city clerks with questions concerning city government administration.

It is operated by Ron and Bonnie Yersak.

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