Williston Awarded Energy Impact Grant | VideoEvan Kruegel | 10/12/2012
"You`d always like to get more, and we`ll apply again, they`ll be more opportunities to apply for these but it will help. The 125,000 that they did grant us will be put to good use in emergency services, it`ll help with things we wouldn`t be able to do otherwise, so we appreciate that and we`ll keep looking," said Mayor Ward Koeser.
Koeser hopes to receive between $15 and $20 million in energy impact grants in 2013 in order to keep up with growing infrastructure needs in the area.
"There`s just no way our citizens should have to pay for all this infrastructure that needs to go into place to make sure there`s housing so that we can have people work in the oil industry, so it`s critical and it`s a big issue. And the Governor seems to understand that, he`s stated that he will put a large sum into that grant fund for the next biennium and we`ll certainly be actively looking to get our fair share."
The grant round also awarded more than $800,000 for ambulance needs in Watford City, more than $200,00 for Ray fire and ambulance support, close to $80,000 for Trenton needs and close to $40,000 for Grenora equipment and building improvement.