Flemingsburg City Council has received a new grant to assist with the construction of the Flemingsburg Volunteer Fire Hall.
According to Mayor Marty Voiers, a grant in the amount of $150,000 was received from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
"When we received the bids for the fire hall, we knew a little more money would be needed," Voiers said. "We applied to the ARC and they graciously awarded us the money to fund this project. We are very thankful for that help."
Construction on the fire hall is still in the preliminary stages, according to Voiers. Trace Creek Construction of Vanceburg is only doing site preparation, but work is expected to begin sometime within the month.
Trace Creek was awarded the bid for the project in January in the the amount of $1.076 million, slightly over the original $1 million expected costs, according to Voiers.
Funding already in place for the project includes a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000, a Rural Development loan for $315,000, a $150,000 grant from the ARC and $60,000 from the city of Flemingsburg.
The building will be constructed near the U.S. Department of Agriculture building by the Flemingsburg bypass, Voiers said.
The land was purchased several years ago with the intent of one day constructing a new fire hall, Voiers said. According to Flemingsburg Fire Chief Jerry McCloud, the fire station will be approximately 8,000 square feet and include four bays, which could hold seven or eight vehicles.
There will also be two offices, a meeting room, utility room, restrooms, storage, a decontamination area, and areas for firefighters to store equipment, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Steve Beshear.
"We needed a new one because the current one is very cramped," said McCloud. "There is only one bay that can hold three trucks wide and two trucks deep. And, there's no storage space."
McCloud said the storage space is essential, because there are currently 23 volunteers with the fire department who all have equipment that needs to be stored and easily accessible.
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