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Meers fire department receives REAP grant

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MEERS Okla_ The Meers Volunteer Fire Department is expanding its station, thanks to a $45,000 rural economic action plan (REAP) grant.

Chief Bill Cunningham thanked the Comanche County commissioners for their support in getting the grant as well as providing back-up during wildfires. Cunningham said the department had already raised $45,000 in matching funds through donations for the grant.

The money will be used to build a 600 square foot administration building. The facility will also house a new kitchen with running water and space for more trucks. Cunningham said they should receive the REAP grant funds by April, and they hope to start building the new facility by summer.

Today, the commissioners elected Don Hawthorne as the chairman and Gail Turner as vice chairman of this year's Board of Trust Authority, which manages the jail house.

 

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