Township FD receives grant

ALPENA Alpena Township Board of Trustees discussed a recent grant awarded to the fire department at its meeting Monday night, and also went through some additional purchases for the department.

“We received a Fire Assistance Grant of $2,479 so that we can buy jumpsuits, boots, gloves and rakes,” Township Supervisor Marie Twite said. “The grant came through from the (Department of Natural Resources).”

The grant agreement states everything has to be done and signed and used before September. The fire department has to purchase the equipment, and then the department will be reimbursed through the grant after the equipment is received.

The board also approved purchasing a replacement siren for the North Side Fire Department due to the current siren having a malfunction.

“It cost $18,000,” Twite said. “We are eligible for a grant for that, but we have to pay for the siren when it comes in, and then we have to apply for the money and get reimbursed for it.”

The current siren was installed in 1963, and “sometimes works, but sometimes doesn’t,” according to Twite. The $18,000 grant is a sure thing to be approved, but the township has to pay up front for the new siren before it can receive the grant funding to be reimbursed the total cost.

In addition to grants, a request for a live burn at 2445 Long Lake Park Road was approved, and is projected to be carried out sometime this winter as a training exercise for the department.

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