Brown Announces More Than $64,000 to Purchase Inclement Weather Maintenance Equipment in Morgan County

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program has awarded a $48,100 grant and a loan of $16,400 to Morgan Township which will go toward the replacement of a truck with a salt-spreader attachment as well as new equipment to aid township employees in the maintenance of more than 33 miles of roads in southeast Appalachian Ohio.

Additional funding will be provided by Morgan Township, bringing the total funding for the project to $86,910.

“This funding will help to improve infrastructure in rural Ohio communities,” Brown said. “We must ensure that our rural communities like Morgan Township have the resources needed to keep residents safe.”

These funds are a part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.