Gadsden council votes to accept block grant to assist in COVID-19 fight; $160K will help fire department

  • Source: WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham
  • Published: 05/19/2020 03:06 PM

Citizens in Gadsden will soon have help paying their utilities during the COVID-19 shutdown. In a meeting held by teleconference Tuesday, the council voted to accept a more than $621,000 federal community development block grant. It's provided by the federal government through the CARES act. Some $176,000 will go to help low to moderate income citizens pay their electric, gas, water and garbage bills, once they apply. Another $160,000 from that grant will help the fire department buy new equipment to help fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Fire Chief Stephen Carroll says that equipment will include a fogging device that can kill coronavirus germs in a room or building where someone with the disease had been, and a device that can detect high fevers in large crowds.


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