A $20,300 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in conjunction with the McCulloch Division of Cap Rock Electric, will give members of the Placid community in northern McCulloch County the funds necessary to construct a much-needed fire house/ community building. Members of the community received word last week that they had been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,300. The money is designated to be used for the construction of the physical building and as much of the interior furnishings as possible. According to Brent Deeds, fire chief of the Placid Volunteer Fire Department, the grant will provide the materials and labor costs to build a 40′ x 60′ metal building that will house the four trucks of the local fire department. “We already have a slab poured that we will use for the building,” said Deeds. “We hope to have the building up and nearly completed by late spring. We may not have the funds to completely finish all of the interior, but this will give us a building which until now, we have never had. The Dodds and Gault families have been gracious enough to donate the land where the station will be housed.” According to the letter of agreement between LCRA and the Placid VFD, the building will also serve as a community building that will be available for other uses. This will enable members of the community to use the facility for a variety of uses. The current building plans also have kitchen and plumbing plans drawn in to provide necessary services used in public gatherings. The building itself will be of steel construction covered by metal siding and will have three or four bay doors to accommodate the fire trucks. The slab that is already poured and ready to go was part of the in-kind funding required by LCRA.