The City of Patterson received a $50,000 grant and $112,300 loan from the Rural Development/United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program.

The loan/grant will be used to purchase an F-150 work truck, a back hoe and a tractor and rotary mower for the city’s public works department.

Patterson Public Works Superintendent Stevie Sweat said the new equipment is much needed. He pointed out the old equipment needed to be replaced for safety reasons as the equipment and vehicles are past their useful life and had become a safety issue.  

Patterson’s grant is one of 233 projects approved in 32 states totaling $185 million to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services in rural areas. The investments will benefit 3 million rural residents.

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced the awards last week.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a priority,” Maxson said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities. They also will help rural communities continue to beat the COVID-19 pandemic as America builds back better and stronger.”

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.