Gering council approves keno funding for fire training facility, girls softball

The Gering city council Monday evening approved two keno funding requests including one from Fire Chief Jay Templar to provide $40,000 toward construction of a proposed hands on training facility.

Templar says the facility will enhance training and eliminate the liability and asbestos regulations the city faces using alternative sites such as acquired buildings. Templar says the facility would include a new 24' X 30' B & C Steel building and a 100' X 300' concrete area that would cost from $130-160,000.

In addition to the keno money, $10,000 has been pledged by the Gering Valley Fire Rural Board, $30,000 from the city's sinking fund and another $80,000 from other resources. Templar says they would like to have significant progress on the project by August of 2014, the Volunteer Fire Department's 100 year anniversary. Templar says three or four sites are being considered for the project.

The other keno request was $10,000 from the Gering School Board and the city of Gering to assist in providing softball fields for girls softball.he keno money will be used to purchase a sprinkler system, fencing, and make other improvements to the two fields south of the city swimming pool. The money is being spent not only for Gering girls softball but also so the Gering High school team no longer has to rent fields at the Carpenter Center.

The estimated $75,000 project will also get funding help from the Gering Booster Club, Gering Girls Softball Association, and the Gering school District. The city will also supply $10,000 of in-kind labor and materials.

New lights will likely be part of the project in another year or two.

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