The Pontotoc Volunteer Ranch Fire Association will be able to restore a building with the help of a $24,000 community development grant.
Central Texas Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority provided the grant to help with restorations of an old building that is used by the fire association, as well as the surrounding area residents. The grant funds will help renovate the inside of the building, including the ceiling, walls, windows and doors with the handicapped accessible entrances and remodel two bathrooms with handicapped accommodations. The building is now used for meetings, reunions and a variety of other functions, but the historic building has fallen into disrepair and needs to be remodeled.
"With its historic past and location on a very busy State Highway 71, we feel that restoring this old building with a possible historical sign will encourage more people to come to our little town," said Ronnie Holloway, secretary and treasurer for the Pontotoc Volunteer Ranch Fire Association.
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA's electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA's effort to give back to the communities it serves. Central Texas Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA's 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.