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Seeley Lake Receives $500K Grant to Fund Sewer System

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The town of Seeley Lake receives a substantial grant to help design and build a sewer system.

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation announced on Thursday that the LOR Foundation awarded a $500,000 dollar grant to fund the first phase of the Seeley Lake sewer system.

"We couldn't be happier about this," said Mark Williams, who is the Seeley Lake Community Foundation chair.

The Community Foundation said in a press release that the town of roughly 1,600 people has struggled with inadequate septic systems for years, causing concerns for the health of area lakes and drinking water.

"This is a huge help to us," added Williams. "This grant will lower the assessment on each property in the Seeley Lake Sewer District significantly."

The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board has worked for years to design and build a sewer system in Seeley Lake.

"Our community is at a point where major infrastructure is needed to ensure we maintain the quality of life for our rural community and the thousands of visitors we see every year," continued Williams. "This grant could not have come at a better time. We are so grateful to the LOR Foundation for believing in our community and what it has to offer our region."

Final design of the project has been authorized by the Seeley Sewer District Board and Missoula County.

"People from all over enjoy recreating in Seeley Lake, but they seldom think about the planning and infrastructure needed to make their stay enjoyable," said Jean Curtiss, who is a Missoula County Commissioner. "This grant from the LOR Foundation validates all of the hard work the community has done to plan for its future, while protecting what everyone loves about Seeley Lake - the beauty, the lakes, the wildlife, and access to public lands."

Construction of the first phase of the system should begin in 2014-15.

Additional funding opportunities continue to be explored to complete the project at the least possible cost to sewer district members.

The Community Foundation is celebrating the award with the Seeley Lake community on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at Lindey's Restaurant in Seeley Lake.

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