Hollow Rock will receive over $100,000 for fire department upgrades
The town of Hollow Rock will receive over $100,000 for fire department equipment upgrades through a CDBG grant, Mayor Rob Woods advised aldermen at the Sept. 15 board meeting.
Also during the meeting there was discussion about the September 5 Bike Ride that raised funds for gifts, toys and food for needy families at Christmas.
Members of the Hollow Rock Fire Department assisted with the event.
“There was a good turnout and $1,400 was raised,” said alderman Curt Lumley, who is also a member of the fire department. “There are some donations that are still out.”
Approximately 24 bikers rode their motorcycles across the county, making stops at fire departments in Mixie, McLemoresville and Westport, according to fire chief Bobby Brotherton.
The fire department always assists several families at Christmas.
The mayor read a letter from Gov. Bill Lee and the Dept. of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe that told of 66 communities across the state of which Hollow Rock was one that will receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that will be used for infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitations and health and safety initiatives.
Hollow Rock is set to receive $102,389 for the fire department equipment.
“That’s a lifesaver and is awesome,” said the mayor.
Brotherton said a lot of the fire department’s equipment was out of date.
“We will now be able to get things back in compliance,” he said.
Among the items the fire department will use the money are 14 pairs of turnout gear, eight air packs, and a camera.