State Senator Mae Beavers presented the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department a check for more than $24,000 Saturday night during the annual banquet of the firefighters.
Senator Beavers says this is money from the state's allocation of community enhancement grants. "Last year as many of you know we had a $1.3 billion dollar surplus in the state. One of the things I have been pushing for a long time is the half cent off on the sales tax on food. I was able to get that plus a sales tax holiday in March. The other legislators, instead of giving me the other half cent (reduction), thought that we should have community enhancement grants to give out. So Donny applied for a community enhancement grant and tonight I have a check to present to the Fire Department for $24,555."
County Fire Chief Donny Green says this money will be put to good use to help complete a training room at the fire department's main station on King Ridge Road. "This building project we're on, we've got money allocated to put the walls up but we've got a lot of work to do inside and this is what this money (grant) is going to be for, building our training room and finishing out the project. It's not just something for the fire department, we use it (building) for community projects. The boy scouts actually use it to have their den meetings. We do the CPR courses there and the sheriff's department is always welcome to us it along with any other agency. The ambulance service also uses it so it's an emergency facility and community facility. We're going to use this (grant) to make it a nice place that we all can use and our community can be proud of."
Green also thanked Senator Beavers for helping the county obtain the deed for the property where the main station is located. The property, for many years, belonged to the state and formerly served as the TDOT state highway garage in DeKalb County.