A discussion on a $100 million national grant program for fire stations topped the city council's agenda Monday night.
Fire Chief Gary Molgaard discussed the fire department's plans to apply for a part of the grant fund. Applications must be completed by May 2. The grant consists of a 32-page document, which allows each fire station to apply in two separate categories.
The categories include training, wellness and fitness, vehicles, fire fighting equipment and fire prevention programs.
"We're hoping to apply mostly for the vehicles," Molgaard said. "There's other places we'll try to tap into, too."
Molgaard said though there is $100 million allocated, there are 32,000 fire departments expected to apply for the money.
"We really just want to get our feet wet and get started with this," Molgaard said. "We'd like to replace the county's old pumper and look into a new Jaws-of-Life unit. I think if there's a lot of interest in the money, maybe it will be increased the next year."
Molgaard also approached the council concerning a need for a water problem to be fixed at the station. The current valve is leaking water and drips constantly, even when turned off.
"We really need something that doesn't leak and requires the least maintenance," Molgaard said. "I would suggest a new gate valve."
Read the rest of this article in the 4/05/01 Pilot Tribune.