The City of Chubbuck plans to request $9 million in federal grant funding to help build and equip a second fire station.
Chubbuck Fire Chief Merlin Miller is writing a letter to Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, explaining the need for the project, hoping Simpson will include the fire station in his list of Idaho priorities for federal dollars.
There are currently trillions in federal stimulus funds up for grabs as the nation seeks to boost an economy hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and to rebuild aging infrastructure from coast to coast. Communities throughout the country are now carefully reviewing projects long relegated to wish lists, hoping to get their share. The city intends to start a remodel of its police station in July or August, and adding an additional fire station will be a top priority once the police station is complete, according to Mayor Kevin England. If the city succeeds in landing federal grant revenue, it might still need to provide a local match, England said.