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For Immediate Release
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City of Madison Receives Fire Station Construction Grant
-- ARRA Funds Targeted at Madison’s Situation
Madison, AL – The City of Madison has been notified that it will receive a $1,415,043 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant for the construction of a new fire station. The new station will replace Fire Station #2 that was infested with mold forcing firefighters to live in a trailer for the past 2 years.
Chief Ralph Cobb commented on the good news, “Our firefighters have been living in temporary quarters for over two years. This grant program was specifically designed to replace an uninhabitable station and provide financial assistance to communities with the greatest need. Our situation us a perfect fit for their requirements".
“This funding will benefit the citizens of Madison because it enhances the city’s fire service capabilities. We ask a lot of our firefighters and important grants like this help us ensure they have what they need to serve the public good,” said Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker.
A major consideration for the grant was having a shovel ready project. Understanding this requirement, the City put together a committee and formulated a plan. The grant’s requirement for “shovel ready projects” included not only defined architectural drawings for the station, but also purchased land. Mayor and City Council purchased land and commissioned the design effort. Community involvement was also a part of the process as community meetings occurred to inform the residents of what was planned and what a grant would mean to the City.
“City Council wanted to show our commitment to making this project a reality by committing $500,000 to be combined with our grant funds. This is truly a partnership that will make a tremendous difference in Madison,” Council President Tommy Overcash said.
Mayor Paul Finley added, “Fire Station #2 has been an area of concern for many years. We saw an opportunity for grants funds to help us solve the problem. We identified the need then devised and executed the plan. By being proactive and prepared, we were successful in receiving the grant”.
This grant allows the City to begin construction of a replacement station without impacting emergency response times nor having to deplete capital improvement funds by temporarily relocating Fire Station #2. Relocation costs alone were estimated to be as high as $200,000.
The new station will be configured for growth and special attention has been paid to minimizing the impact on the neighborhood. The design calls for a single story with residential character and landscaping that buffers the neighbors. In addition, the new station has been designed “green” and will be LEED Silver certified.