GLADWIN COUNTY – The Office of Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two economic impact initiative grants in Gladwin County that will be used to purchase new vehicles for law enforcement and first responders.
Gladwin County was awarded with $16,700 that will be used to purchase a new patrol vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office. The county will also provide $31,087 of its own funding to purchase the vehicle.
“It’s fortunate for us that we qualify for this grant that allows us to upgrade our fleet,” Sheriff Mike Shea said. “We would not have the resources to get the job done otherwise.”
Billings Township was awarded $15,300 that will be used to purchase an emergency rescue truck with a fire/medical skid unit as well as GPS tracking that will allowing for location tracking in rural areas. Additional funding of $6,950 will be provided by the township and $10,000 from the Gladwin Community Foundation.
“It will be a nice addition for us and for our residents,” Billings Township Supervisor, Tim Mester said. “This will allow for a better search and rescue and we’re excited to be more effective at what we do.”