Lynch needs funds to remodel firehouse

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's a firehouse that's been around for decades and is in need of some TLC!

The city of Lynch has secured a grant from the government to fix up the dilapidated firehouse, but there is one setback. They must come up with funds to match.

Weeds grow inside the walls of the Lynch Firehouse.

"The walls are still there. They are still sound," said Taylor Hall, Lynch Mayor.

Meanwhile city officials are thinking of ways to come up with cash.

They've secured $240,000 from the Department of Agriculture. But the city still has to pay its part.

"If we can't find the match for the grant, which is $60,000, then the grant's gone, and we lose it," said Hall.

Officials want to make the firehouse into a museum and gift shop.

It sits next to the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine, an attraction that brings tourists from around the country.

"We get them from everywhere," said Jacqueline Hammons, with Portal 31.

The attraction has no bathrooms, so those facilities would be included in the firehouse remodel, to make Portal 31 more tourist-friendly.

Now all that's left is for those in charge to get the dollars, to do what needs to be done.

"We've been exploring private industry grants for the match, those sorts of things," said Hall.

Those with the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine say July was their busiest month this year, logging more than one thousand visitors.

The mayor said the city asked US Steel to help finance the remodel project, but they were turned down. He also said the city does not expect any help from the county either.

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