Howe firefighters will be heading door-to-door over the next two weeks to gather enough surveys to determine grant eligibility for a fire truck grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The proposed 3,500-gallon tanker truck will replace a 1975 2,000-gallon tanker truck.
The mailed survey has not received enough responses to determine a confidence level required by the state. Income surveys were mailed to residents in the Howe Fire District around February 21.
Tom Guthrie, retired economics professor from IPFW, says that at least 100 more surveys are required to “say we have done a responsible job.” Guthrie has been tabulating the anonymous surveys and will provide the county with a summary of the results. LaGrange County will be the lead applicant for the fire truck grant.
The survey results are due before the public hearing that is scheduled to take place at the LaGrange County Commissioners meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 7. The grant application is due to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs on April 11.
Howe Fire Chief Larry Watson and other fire department crew will go door-to-door until they get the required number of responses to determine if Lima Township is eligible for grant funds. “We are doing this because we care about our community and want to provide our friends, neighbors and families the best service possible,” Watson said. “We need a new tanker truck to help us meet the public safety needs of our community. Our hope is that residents will work together with us and take the survey.”
Questions concerning the income survey or Howe-Lima Township Fire Station project can be directed to Region III-A Community Planner Kristine Christlieb at (260) 347-4714.