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Marengo's bid for fire truck grant approved


Town's grant of $150,000 among $9.4 million awarded throughout Indiana


July 20, 2011
At a Statehouse ceremony in Indianapolis last Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman awarded a $150,000 Community Focus Fund grant to the Town of Marengo to fund the purchase of a new truck for the Marengo-Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The grant, administered by Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, will help fund the purchase of a new fire truck to replace a vehicle that was removed from service due to safety and maintenance issues. The new tanker truck will hold 2,000 gallons of water and comply with all safety requirements.

The Community Foundation of Crawford County assisted the fire department with meeting the charitable requirement by establishing a community fund to receive public donations and by providing documentation with the grant application for the same.

"The dynamics of working with the MFD was excellent," Bonita Embry Coots, president and CEO of the CFCC, said. "We are very excited the grant request was approved. I look forward to the community celebration when the truck is delivered.

"This equipment will truly compliment the MFD fleet and fill a huge need not only for Marengo but for the entire region."

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs administers the Community Focus Fund grants, which are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Twenty-two communities and counties were recognized at the ceremony, with grant awards totaling more than $9.4 million.

The CFF grants are awarded twice annually through a competitive application process. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, community and senior centers, special-needs facilities, libraries, water system improvements, storm drainage projects and sewer system improvements.

"Projects funded by this grant program make a positive impact on rural Indiana," said Skillman, who as lieutenant governor oversees the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Community infrastructure and quality of life projects are a key to economic success of Indiana's smaller communities."

Attending last Wednesday's ceremony from Marengo were Tony Jones of the Marengo Town Council and Ron Line, Roscoe Hooten, Phil Jones and Travis Speece of the Marengo-Liberty Township VFD. Also attending was Lisa Gehlhausen of Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission.

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