For Immediate Release
June 4, 2007
Contact: Julie Fedorchak
Commerce Provides $53,900 for Belfield Fire Hall
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council, has provided a $53,900 loan to the city of Belfield for the construction of the Belfield Fire Hall.
The current fire hall is located within a flood zone. A feasibility study for a new fire hall will be conducted to determine the best location and to develop architectural plans for a new building outside of the flood zone.
“Fire protection projects rank very high in the eyes of the region eight review members to enable us to keep our community areas safe,” said Ken Davis of the Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council. “Fire trucks, equipment, ambulances and fire halls are all vital components in addressing this issue.”
Davis said construction bids will be solicited this summer after the feasibility study is complete and the fire hall is projected to be finished sometime in 2008.
Funds for the project came from the Community Development Block Grant program managed by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The program provides financial assistance to eligible cities and counties in North Dakota. The eight regional planning councils receive an allocation from the state to fund projects in their region.
Funds are awarded in the form of grants and loans in three categories: economic development projects, public facilities and housing. Primary beneficiaries of the CDBG funds are low- and moderate-income individuals. To apply, applicants must contact the regional council in their area.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.