Detroit hopes to add a fire engine to its fire department, and the city on Tuesday took the first steps to hopefully securing state grant money to help in that endeavor.
The council voted unanimously to apply for funding from the Fire, Ambulance and Service Truck grant program, offered through the Texas Department of Agriculture.
City Secretary Tami Nix said the program allows for cities to receive up to $500,000. Though the amount Detroit requests depends on the bids it receives for a fire engine, Nix expects the city to request the maximum amount allowed.
The minimum a city is able to receive is $50,000, according to the Department of Agriculture website.
Nix said the grant requires a 1% match from the city, meaning the city would pay $5,000 if it receives $500,000.
When awarding the grants, the state agency will look at factors including poverty rate, previous funding received and past performance.
Nix said the grant is needed because the Detroit Volunteer Fire Department currently has just two trucks, and the engine is old and outdated, she said.
“It’s been our goal for a few months to get an updated fire engine, because I think the one we have is an old one that was used out of a Dallas firehouse 20, 30 (or) 40 years ago even,” Nix said. “It functions, but it’s not as up to snuff or efficient as it could be.”
In other business, Nix provided the council with a brief update on the planned Dollar General that will be located in the city. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of this year, with an expected opening of February 2020.
The store will be at the intersection of 5th Street and Highway 82, Nix said.