|Fire departments in need of trucks |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:02 pm |
|There will be a public meeting on Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Weakley County Courthouse to discuss the intent to submit an application for a FY2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) identifying community needs and how CDBG funds can be used. |
CDBG funds are utilized for such projects as water and sewer rehabilitation and extensions, the building or expanding of health departments and community livability. Water and sewer projects are usually allocated a grant amount of approximately $500,000, while community livability grants are normally allocated about $300,000.
In this case, two parties – the Latham Volunteer Fire Department and the Come/Ore Springs Volunteer Fire Department – have expressed interest in obtaining new fire trucks. Along with their interest, they have agreed to provide a cash match if the grant is obtained.
According to Rob Goad of the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development District, the trucks in need of replacement are around 40 years old, so the investment would be a much-needed one.
During the public meeting, Goad will give an overview of the CDBG program and go over the rules and regulations for applying for the grant. The public will then have the opportunity to comment and unless there is a more pressing issue or someone else makes a stronger case, with county approval, an application will be filled out for the fire departments.