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Town to apply for Fire Station grant

The Town of Pulaski has known for years that it’s only a matter of time before it has to come up with the funds to construct a new fire department building.
If it can get approved for a Fire Station Construction Grant developed as part of the federal economic stimulus package, the problem may be solved.
Pulaski Town Council has authorized town staff to apply for the grant and commit up to $330,000 in matching funds.
Although no matching funds are required to apply for the funds, Town Manager John Hawley said he believes the more money the town can pledge to the project the more likely the chances are of getting approved.
The pledged funds would come from money acquired through the sale of town properties, including Maple Shade Shopping Center and Hogan’s Dam. Those funds, around $400,000, have been set aside to be used for a project that would provide a direct benefit to the town’s citizens.
The grant is available through the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus plan).
The estimated cost of a new fire station is around $3.9 million.
Under the grant, the town would be required to obtain the property on which to build the station. Hawley estimated two to five acres may be needed and that the cost per acre could run around $12,000.
The need to purchase the property prompted Pulaski Town Council to commit $330,000 to the grant project and retain about $70,000 for the land.
Since the grant restricts the grant funds to fire departments, other agencies such as REMSI, would not be able to locate in the same building, town officials said.
That does not, however, rule out other fire services from using the station.
If the town receives approval for the grant, Councilman Morgan Welker pointed out it could save the town from having to borrow money for the fire station project down the road.
“It’s going to have to be addressed very soon with or without the grant,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said of the fire station. Town councilmen and town staff have said the current building, has become increasingly expensive to maintain.
Asked when the town would know whether it received the grant, Hawley said he expects to know by the end of the year. He pointed out that stimulus projects are supposed to be under construction within a year of funding.
Hawley pointed out that the town’s study on whether to adjust its boundaries also could play a part in where the station would be constructed.
Grant applications had to be submitted by last Friday. ARRA provided Homeland Security with $210 million to be used for construction and modification of fire stations across the nation.

Town to apply for Fire Station grant

The Town of Pulaski has known for years that it’s only a matter of time before it has to come up with the funds to construct a new fire department building.
If it can get approved for a Fire Station Construction Grant developed as part of the federal economic stimulus package, the problem may be solved.
Pulaski Town Council has authorized town staff to apply for the grant and commit up to $330,000 in matching funds.
Although no matching funds are required to apply for the funds, Town Manager John Hawley said he believes the more money the town can pledge to the project the more likely the chances are of getting approved.
The pledged funds would come from money acquired through the sale of town properties, including Maple Shade Shopping Center and Hogan’s Dam. Those funds, around $400,000, have been set aside to be used for a project that would provide a direct benefit to the town’s citizens.
The grant is available through the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus plan).
The estimated cost of a new fire station is around $3.9 million.
Under the grant, the town would be required to obtain the property on which to build the station. Hawley estimated two to five acres may be needed and that the cost per acre could run around $12,000.
The need to purchase the property prompted Pulaski Town Council to commit $330,000 to the grant project and retain about $70,000 for the land.
Since the grant restricts the grant funds to fire departments, other agencies such as REMSI, would not be able to locate in the same building, town officials said.
That does not, however, rule out other fire services from using the station.
If the town receives approval for the grant, Councilman Morgan Welker pointed out it could save the town from having to borrow money for the fire station project down the road.
“It’s going to have to be addressed very soon with or without the grant,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said of the fire station. Town councilmen and town staff have said the current building, has become increasingly expensive to maintain.
Asked when the town would know whether it received the grant, Hawley said he expects to know by the end of the year. He pointed out that stimulus projects are supposed to be under construction within a year of funding.
Hawley pointed out that the town’s study on whether to adjust its boundaries also could play a part in where the station would be constructed.
Grant applications had to be submitted by last Friday. ARRA provided Homeland Security with $210 million to be used for construction and modification of fire stations across the nation.