By Trent Moore

DODGE CITY — The Dodge City town council assembled for a special meeting Thursday night to discuss and approve a grant application to hopefully acquire a new fire truck.

The council voted unanimously to apply for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community (ADECA) grant.

The grant is an 80/20 match grant, meaning the town will have to account for approximately 20 percent of the grant, if awarded.

The fire truck the town hopes to purchase is a Class A Pumper and is estimated to cost approximately $225,000.

The town applied for $250,000, with the town paying 20 percent of that total, if awarded.

In the application, the town “commits $55,000 in cash and in-kind contributions toward the purchase of the proposed fire truck.”

Approximately $25,000 cash will come from the general fund, and the town is counting $30,000 worth of equipment from the old truck that will be installed on the new truck as the ”in-kind” contribution.

“The fire department agreed to equip the new truck with equipment off the old truck,” consultant Bill Tucker, who is helping write the grant application, said.

Tucker has worked with the town previously, and assisted with grant applications for the town’s sewer system.

If awarded, the remaining $25,000 of the grant would be used to purchase five six-inch fire hydrants, which will be placed in the town’s business district.

The grant must be submitted by August 1. Tucker said a decision should be made by early October as to whether the town is awarded the ADECA grant.

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