Craig, Missouri is a rural community of approximately 300 residents located in Holt County and a member of the Northwest Regional Council of Governments. In 2000, Craig began the investigation of a new water treatment plant and began the intensive financial planning in 2007; with the late Mayor Mike Whetsel and Project Manager Terry Eaton putting in long hours, the city was able to secure funding through USDA Rural Development.
Clerk Kary Nowling, Mayor Candy Whetzel (wife to late Mayor Mike Whetsel) and Project Manager Terry Eaton (now with JEO Consulting Group) worked with Midwest Assistance Program throughout the application process to move this project to construction in record speed. Engineering was completed by JEO Consulting Group of Nebraska City, Nebraska and the construction is being completed by IrvinBilt (previously PAR Construction).
Rural Development is providing $951,000 in loan and $496,820 in grant to complete the project to provide safe drinking water that will serve Craig, Big Lake conservation and recreation customers, as well as Holt Public Water Supply District 1. Craig is thankful for the support from Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill, Congressman Sam Graves, Representative Mike Thomson, and Governor Jay Nixon.