Monroe is among the municipalities being awarded state funding in the next round of Small Town Economic Assistance Program. Monroe will receive $500,000 STEAP grant to build a headquarters for the volunteer emergency medical services.
The EMS is housed within the Fire Department complex and has grown to need a dedicated space. Officials say the current situation has structural and operational deficiencies including a leaky roof, cracks in the walls and water damage inside the building.
The new headquarters will include garages for emergency vehicles, storage for equipment, training facilities and sleeping quarters.
Monroe Representative JP Sredzinski says these funds will go a long way to pay for a new facility for these public safety volunteers. State Senator Kevin Kelly says when taxpayer dollars are invested, they should be for projects improving key functions of government, such as public safety.