The safety of residents of the Village of Waggoner during severe weather conditions will be enhanced soon, thanks to a grant from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has announced.
The village has been approved for an $8,400 grant by Rural Development's Community Facility Grant program. The funding will be used to purchase and install a new early warning system.
"Waggoner's existing system, ironically, has been hit by lightning twice in the past two years and is no longer functioning properly," Shimkus said. "I would like to thank Rural Development for its help to replace that system and increase the safety of those living in the village."
In addition to the grant, the village will contribute $6,900 to cover the $15,300 total cost of the project.