Jonesport OKs funding move

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 9:35 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — Residents at a special town meeting Monday unanimously approved plans to apply for funding to build a new firehouse.

The vote to apply for a $350,000 public facilities grant came just ahead of Friday’s deadline to submit applications to the state Office of Community Development.

Residents also approved pursuing a $250,000 rural development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund a loan for the project.

The existing structure, some 50 years old, is in such disrepair that it will no longer support the weight of new vehicles, according to town officials.

Voters also authorized use of up to $100,000 in town surplus funds to finance the work, which is estimated to cost $650,000.

Tammy Knight of the Office of Community Development said decisions grant applications will be made in March.

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