Bellmead seeking grants for pedestrian improvements, fire equipment, comprehensive plan | Local Govt. and Politics

Bellmead is making a pitch for federal grants to improve pedestrian safety on a dangerous stretch of Bellmead Drive, to keep firefighters equipped and to create a comprehensive city plan.

From public safety to economic development, the three grants totaling more than $1 million would meet a variety of city needs, Assistant City Manager Karen Evans said.

Evans applied for a $500,000 Downtown Revitalization Fund Grant to rehab deteriorated sidewalks on Bellmead Drive between 26th Street and Kane Street. The city would be required to match $50,000 of the federal grant.

Another application for a $500,000 grant from the Fire, Ambulance and Service Truck fund would replace Bellmead Fire Department equipment, including respirators set to expire, the protective clothing worn by firefighters known as turnout gear, and hydraulic rescue tools often used in vehicle crashes, commonly known by the brand name Jaws of Life. That grant also would require a $5,000 local match.

The third grant, for $46,500 with an $11,600 local match, would allow the city to complete a comprehensive plan.

Alice January has been part of the Bellmead community for decades and said she is encouraged by the city’s improvement plans, especially for guests to her busy business near Bellemad Drive, though a few blocks away from the stretch up for grant-funded improvements.

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