The grant is a 75-percent match, meaning the city will start an aggressive mission to obtain the remaining $149,538 needed for the new boat. Officials plan to approach the Clinton County Development Association, companies that could benefit from the boat and other potential funding partners to reach the $597,538 goal.
“Anytime Clinton receives money from the federal government is a great day. It’s nice to know that the government recognizes Clinton’s importance on the Mississippi River,” Mayor Mark Vulich said. “We are going to look under every rock we can to get the funding.”
After receiving the funding, the city will be close to a year from seeing the new boat. Officials will need to complete final vessel specifications, issue a request for proposal and develop standard operating guidelines, among other steps.
A boat of this kind can take up to six months to build, Brown said. He hopes to have the new boat in the water by next summer.
The Clinton Fire Department in conjunction with Clinton County Emergency Management, Clinton County Emergency Planning and Preparedness Committee, Clinton Police Department, Gateway Area Hazardous Entry Action Team, Illinois MABAS Division 30, Camanche Fire Department, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office pursued the project. Specialty teams that will benefit include Search and Rescue, SWAT, Hazardous Materials Operations /Technical, Water Rescue, Port Security and Marine Domain Awareness programs.
The vessel will primarily operate out of the city of Clinton marina.