Agencies prepare grant requests |

Agencies prepare grant requests

Dan Olsen

— As the August cycle of applying for grants from the Department of Local Affairs approaches, the county, city and fire and school districts are prioritizing their needs to prepare requests for a share of the energy impact money.

Craig Fire/Rescue would like to see a building dedicated to housing equipment used by the hazardous materials team. HazMat currently houses two trucks and a trailer at the Craig Fire Station, as well as trailers stored at City Hall and in Steamboat Springs and Rio Blanco County.

“The trailers contain absorbents and materials used to contain a spill until we arrive on scene,” Craig Rural Fire Protection District board chairman Byron Willems said. “Local departments haul the trailer to the site, but the HazMat technicians are in Craig. Our guys are trained to deal with the (hazardous) product.”

With its extensive training, the Craig HazMat team responds to incidents occurring from Rabbit Ears Pass to the Utah and Wyoming state lines, as well as all of Rio Blanco County, Willems said. The next closest team is in Grand Junction.

The Craig fire district already owns land behind Kmart that could be a location for a HazMat building.

Although the HazMat equipment building is “something we are definitely working on,” Willems said a higher priority is additional wildland firefighting trucks.

Also under consideration for DOLA grants are equipment for the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department and paving at the city’s water plant.

The Moffat County School District would like to request funds to re-roof the Yampa Avenue administration building.

Moffat County Commissioners prioritize the requests for DOLA funds from the city and fire and school districts this month to ensure the best chance to receive grants.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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