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Generator would serve as backup power for Demers wastewater pump station in lengthy power outage.

{img:263160}Madras was one of 10 Oregon communities to receive an early holiday gift recently, when a 30kW generator was delivered to the Public Works Department, thanks to the disbursement of money from the Resiliency Grant Fund.

"We had several items that the city needs," said Madras Public Works Director Jeff Hurd by email.

The main purpose of the generator would be to provide power at the Demers wastewater pump station if power went out for a long time.

The station, which is at the intersection of Demers Drive and Cherry Lane, "handles all of the wastewater flows in the industrial park along Cherry Lane and anything north of Cherry," Hurd said.

If the power went out for too long, the wastewater would back up and overflow the manhole there.

In addition to the generator, the city requested a sand bagger and light plants that could illuminate sand bagger areas at night.

"We applied for all and received the generator," Hurd said. "It will be kept at Public Works but is available for any agency to use in case of emergency if we are not using it."

The state has preemptive rights to take the generator in an extreme situation.

The fund's purpose is the procurement of emergency preparedness equipment to help Oregon communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The program is known as the State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment, or SPIRE, Grant program. 

SPIRE Grant Coordinator Jim Jungling said he believes the program makes sense for Oregon.

"This money is bringing practical equipment to communities that can save lives and property during emergencies," Jungling said.  "It's a project I'm proud to be working on because it's a smart investment for Oregon that is getting communities better prepared."

A total of $5 million has been allotted to procure emergency preparedness equipment to help Oregon communities prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.

The SPIRE grant is a result of HB 2867, which became effective in August 2017 and established a grant program to distribute emergency preparedness equipment, which may include vehicles or other property, to local governments and other recipients to be used to decrease risk to life and property resulting from an emergency.


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