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Palisade to get new fire hall with help of $333,000 loan PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:11

Property to the south of Palisade’s Fire and Rescue Hall has been purchased and is the planned site of a new fire hall. Members of the Palisade Rural Fire District secured a $333,000 USDA Rural Development loan to finance the project, with June 2012 pinpointed as a target date for completion of the project.

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Last week the Palisade Fire Department and Rural Fire District Board learned that years of persistence in seeking USDA Rural Development loan funds have finally paid off.

Palisade was awarded a $333,000 loan to build a new fire hall that will serve 1,175 households across the rural fire district as well as the town of Palisade.

Rural Fire District officers Tom Monnahan, who serves as secretary/treasurer, and Bruce Licht, the rural district’s president, played instrumental roles in securing the funds.

The new fire hall will be built on vacant lots directly south of the existing fire hall and will house a meeting room, rest room, equipment room and storage area.

The existing fire hall has served the community well for the past 50-plus years and will continue to be used by the fire department, noted Monnahan.

He said it was moved to Palisade “likely in the 1950s” when local department members travelled to eastern Nebraska to dismantle the government surplus quonset. They brought the sections back to Palisade and rebuilt the structure on Main Street to house the town’s firefighting equipment.

While final details of the new facility are still ongoing the approval process by the State Fire Marshal, Monnahan said they are hopeful that the new building will be in place by next summer, with June 2012 targeted as a completion date.

Monnahan said the new building promises to be a great asset to the department and to the town.

“A new fire hall will offer a safe location for firemen to maintain equipment, to muster for an emergency, to provide adequate room for trucks and to provide improvements to meet the needs of our department,” said Monnahan. “Our present building is small and cramped for our equipment that was obtained over the past years to better serve the district. Also, a safe shelter will give protection to the community’s citizens in a time of need.”

Palisade’s $333,000 loan was part of $2.8 million in funding recently awarded by USDA Rural Development to four projects to create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural Nebraska.

Other Nebraska projects included in this $2.8 million allocation

• $2.3 million loan to construct a new library in Ogallala.

• $100,000 loan and $56,590 grant for library expansion project in Auburn.

• $45,000 loan to construct an addition to the Rural Health Clinic in Brady.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:15