By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — BELLE RIVE — A project nearly three weeks in the making will come to fruition on Wednesday when officials of Moore’s Prairie Township will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new water system.
The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at Sugar Camp Baptist Church, south of Belle Rive.
“On behalf of my board and our 71 customers, were extremely thrilled and the ribbon cutting will allow us to not only have a day of dedication but a day of thanking everyone involved,” said President Kathy Dagg.
In addition to the households in Jefferson County, Dagg said the water system will provide potable water to three households in Franklin County.
After several years of struggles, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning Commission began the process to obtain a Community Development Assistance Program grant for the residents of Moores Prairie Township. Jefferson County acted as the lead agency for the grant, which was awarded in September 2008, to design the water system including the engineering, easements, and general administration of the grant.
In June 2010, a decision was made by the residents of Moores Prairie Township to form a not-for-profit water company. On Aug. 16, 2011, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus announced the newly formed water company was approved for a $623,200 grant and a $318,000 loan by Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program to construct 24 miles of water main. The loan is over a 40-year period.
In January 2012, the Rend Lake Conservancy District Board approved a new water supply contract for the water company. Construction on the project begin in August 2012, and is nearing completion.
The church is located south of Belle Rive at 1520 North Ina Lane.