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Sarcoxie awarded $50K grant

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The southwest Missouri city of Sarcoxie was awarded a $50,000 grant from the state.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources funding is earmarked for engineering costs to evaluate potential water and wastewater system improvements, according to a news release.

Located nearly 50 miles west of Springfield, the city of Sarcoxie plans to use the grant to identify improvements, meet permit requirements and reduce stormwater infiltration into sewer collection pipes. A facility plan is expected to be complete by June 2023.

“Public infrastructure such as wastewater systems are crucial to every community,” said Dru Buntin, director of Missouri DNR, in the release. “Through this grant, we can help cities like Sarcoxie identify the changes needed to maintain and improve their wastewater systems. This is also key to protecting public and environmental health and supporting the local economy.”

The DNR grants are funded wholly or in part by monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The wastewater system project isn't the only recent announcement for improvements in Sarcoxie.

Springfield-based Solera Energy LLC is conducting a large-scale solar project for the Sarcoxie R-II School District, according to reporting in December. The project cost is estimated at $2 million to $4 million.

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