09.22.05

Burr Announces $328,600 in Grants for Canton

Funds to continue cleanup from Hurricanes Frances and Ivan

Senator Richard Burr today announced $329,600 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants for Canton. The funds, made available by Rural Development's Community Facility Grant Program, will cover the costs of repairing the Canton Town Hall, Armory and Senior Center, Police Department, Fire Department and Library.

"We must respond to the needs of our communities damaged by natural disasters," said Senator Burr. "These funds will help the people of Canton continue to recover from two devastating hurricanes."

Community Facility Grants cover the improvement costs of facilities that provide public services to rural North Carolinians. Flooding caused by Hurricanes Frances and Ivan, in which water levels rose up to nine feet, damaged important facilities that provide public services to residents of Canton.

Canton will receive $200,000 to complete the repairs to the first floor of the Town Hall and Police Department. The town will also receive $85,000 to repair the Armory and Senior Center, and will receive $42,000 to repair its Fire Department. The Canton Library will use a $2,600 Rural Development grant to clean and repair storm damage.