St. Francis commits to grant application for shared fire services

The city of St. Francis is joining the cities of Ramsey, Oak Grove, Nowthen and Bethel in applying for a grant through the State Fire Marshal’s office that could help the communities get closer to establishing some form of shared fire services.

The St. Francis City Council voted unanimously Monday to commit to the application for the grant, which ranges from $25,000 to $40,000.

Parties receiving the grant would be required to match approximately 10 percent of the grant proceeds.

According to a population weighting formula, the city of St. Francis would be responsible for somewhere between $400 and $640, depending on the grant amount.

The grant money would be used to offset the cost of a consultant who could help the communities find a way to share fire services and improve cost efficiency.