The Kempner Volunteer Fire Department will purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) refill equipment thanks to a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
The grant, along with $16,680 in local matching funds, will allow firefighters to more
quickly refill the tanks they need to protect their lungs while battling a blaze.The Lometa Independent School District will improve its track facility thanks to an $8,003 grant from the LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative.
The grant, part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, will enable Lometa ISD to add a 6-foot-tall, chain-link fence around its track. The track surrounds the
district’s football field, which has a residential area on one side and a large pasture on the other. Domestic animals and wildlife are often found at the track, creating potentially unsafe situations for both students and visitors. The new fence will help keep animals away, making the football field and track safer and more secure. An additional $7,000 in local matching funds will help pay for the fence.
The Bend Community Center will upgrade its kitchen thanks to a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric
Cooperative. The community center will use the grant, along with local matching funds, to add new cabinets, countertops, a sink, a faucet and a water heater.
The new cabinets will be ergonomically designed and will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Bend Community Center, also referred to as the School House, uses the only building remaining from the Bend School System. The center is located at the heart of the community, sitting atop a hill that overlooks the Colorado River.