The Fonda Fire and Ambulance Services plan a groundbreaking ceremony this Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the site (on Highway 7 and Queen Street) for the new emergency station to be built this spring and summer.
Chris Mercer and Arnold Thomas from USDA Rural Development will be present to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for the fire and emergency medical services building in the community. Refreshments will be served.
USDA Rural Development is presenting grants totaling $199,500 to help construct the new facility.
Rural Development is providing the City of Fonda with a $99,500 Economic Impact Initiative Grant awarded through the agency's Community Programs mission. Also, the City of Pocahontas Municipal Electric Utility is receiving a $100,000 Rural Economic Development Grant through Rural Development's Business Programs. The City of Pocahontas Municipal Electric Utility will then loan the money to the City of Fonda for the building project. The loan will be at 0% interest for 10 years.
When completed the new 6,720 square-foot building will have six bays. Completion of the new building is anticipated this fall. The former car dealership building, which is currently used by the fire and emergency medical services, was built in the early 1900s and no longer meets the needs of the departments.
There is still time for persons to purchase engraved bricks that will be displayed in the landscaping of the new building, which serve as a nice way to remember family members, organizers said. With a donation of $100, you may have your choice of engraving on a brick. Order forms are available at Fonda City Hall. Services. Deadline is July 1 to get these ordered.
An additional fundraiser, sponsored by B.E.S.T this spring, is the opportunity to donate to a "Share the Bushels" program. B.E.S.T for Fonda is in a position to accept grain donations at the following elevators: Ag Partners (any location), FC (any location), DFS (Newell) and New Coop (any location). Landlords are also encouraged to take advantage of this program.
The total cost for the new Fire and Ambulance Station will be $359,300. An additional $127,800 still needs to be raised to meet the total cost of the building.