As reported by Diane Tezeno, Fort Bend Sun newspaper, July 10, 2009:
Missouri City will be among cities across the nation applying for federal stimulus dollars to construct new fire stations. Council members voted unanimously at the July 7 regular city council meeting to approve submission of an grant application under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides for construction or remodeling of fire stations to increase fire fighter and public safety.City manager Frank Simpson described the application as “a competitive grant.” If approved, the city proposes to construct two new fire stations.
Two hundred and ten million dollars is available to area cities under the grant.
“There is not a cost-sharing requirement to this grant, but an application is being submitted with a proposal of a 15 percent local match, said a city staff member. One of the proposed stations will be located in the unincorporated portion of the city in Sienna Plantation and the second will be located in Teal Run, City Manager Frank Simpson said. According to city background information, each jurisdiction is allowed to submit one grant not to exceed $15 million or $5 million per project.
If federal funds are awarded, they will cover the cost for construction of the station only. The community will be responsible for the cost of furnishings, personnel, and equipment, including fire trucks. Neither of the proposed facilities is expected to exceed $5 million, according to staff.
Awards are expected to be announced between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31, 2009.