BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Town of Cove recently received a 2000 E-One Freightliner Fire Truck to add to their fleet as part of a Rural Services Block Grant Program for fiscal year 2015. Governor Asa Hutchinson and ADRS Director Amy Fecher presented $750,000 to 11 rural communities selected for funding through the program.
The grant awards were distributed March 10th at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol. The Cove Fire Department received $74,500 to purchase a new pumper truck.
“The grant to make this purchase would not have been possible without local support, State Representative Nate Bell, State Senator Larry Teague, Senator John Boozman, and last but not least, our grant writer, Tracee McKenna, with the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District in Fort Smith,” said Cove Mayor Joan Headley.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Block Grant recipients. The grant program is funded through HUD’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the State and the Department of Rural Services through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population and that are 51% or above on the low-to-moderate income scale were eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.