Fire department waits for funding, assistant fire chief says

Fire department waits for funding, assistant fire chief says

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An area fire department is waiting to find out if they will have to pay for upgrades at their department or if a grant will pay for the costs.

According to Valley View Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Jowers, the department received a $7,000 state General Improvement Fund grant from the East Arkansas Planning and Development District.

The department has received the equipment. However, the funding is not there, Jowers said.

"Once we got the invoice in, we sent it in with paperwork to have it paid for. About two and a half weeks after that, we received a letter from the EAPDD saying there had been a Supreme Court judgment that that was all illegal," Jowers said.

A judge is expected to rule on whether or not the grant money will pay for the upgrades.

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