Engler Announces $82 Million Loan for Twelve Towns: Oakland County project among nine loan recipients statewide

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

September 18, 2001

Governor John Engler today announced an $82 million state loan to the George W. Kuhn Drainage District in Oakland County to finance the reconstruction of the Twelve Towns Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facility.

The loan is one of nine totaling more than $100 million awarded statewide to assist communities in improving public drinking-water systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Four low-interest loans, including the award to Twelve Towns, are from the State Revolving Fund. Five loans are from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

"The is the latest example of Michigan communities stepping up to the plate to protect their natural resources and public health," Governor Engler said. "Yet maintaining and improving the necessary infrastructure can be costly. Low-interest loans offered through these programs ease the financial burden and allow communities to address these critical needs."

The Twelve Towns project provides for the improved retention and treatment of overflows that impact the water quality of the Red Run Drain, Clinton River and eventually Lake St. Clair. The loan represents the third of five segments in the long-term combined sewer overflow control program for the facility.

Other recipients of State Revolving Fund loans are:

  • Monroe County, $5.3 million to refinance debt incurred to upgrade and expand the city of Carleton's wastewater treatment plant.
  • Port Huron, $640,000 to finance the fifth segment of its combined sewer separation program.
  • Trenton, $1 million for the third segment of improvements to its wastewater system.

Michigan's State Revolving Fund program has provided more than $1.5 billion in loan assistance since its inception in 1989.

Loans from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund were provided to:

  • The Village of Muir, $1.8 million for improvements to its public drinking water system.
  • The Village of Nashville, $965,000 for improvements to its public drinking water system.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, $1.8 million for improvements to its drinking water system.
  • Flint, $9.4 million for drinking water system improvements.
  • Blissfield, $750,000 for drinking water system improvements.