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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces USDA Grant Funding for Plainfield Infrastructure Project

July 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office has awarded the Town of Plainfield $27,300 in federal grant funding to support infrastructure improvements at the Plainfield Police Department. The funds were dispersed through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The award represents approximately 35% of the total project cost, with the town of Plainfield contributing the remainder.

This investment by USDA will assist the Town of Plainfield in replacing interior and exterior doors at the Plainfield Police Department, and to install new electronic access control systems throughout the building. Click here for more information about USDA’s grant approval.

“These funds will help insure the safety and security of both officers and residents in Plainfield,” said Congressman Courtney. “It’s projects like this that make USDA Community Facilities programs perfectly suitable for places like Plainfield. By helping to defray a portion of the cost, smaller rural communities can afford infrastructure projects like this that keep them competitive and strengthen existing services. Congratulations to the Town of Plainfield for putting together a successful grant application, and to First Selectman Cathy Tendrich who helped to coordinate the application. This is a win for the Plainfield Police Department and for the entire town.”

“The Plainfield Police Department facility was built in 1988, and the doors have not been upgraded since then, and have significant damage due to rust and general use” said Captain Mario A. Arriaga, of the Plainfield Police Department. “We have tried repairs over the years but continue to face challenges in adequately securing the building. This puts our officers and the public at risk. We look forward to these upgrades.”

“I am ecstatic that the Police Department has received the Grant from USDA,” said First Selectwoman Cathy Tendrich. “It is an opportunity for the Police to provide updated security with not only new doors, but with a new upgraded security system. Without the grant, the department would not have been able to complete these much needed upgrades.”

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