The Lower Colorado River Authority has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Melvin Volunteer Fire Department to help make a needed expansion to the fire station. The funds will help pay for materials and labor costs associated with expanding the station by 25 feet to provide space to store fire-fighting equipment. The project also includes insulating the new and existing space and installing air conditioning. The increased size of the station, plus the planned installation of air conditioning, will allow for more community activities to take place at the fire station. The Melvin VFD serves a community of about 200 persons in western McCulloch County and provides backup services in McCulloch, Concho and Menard counties. The grant is one of 28, totaling $467,617, awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer departments, regional development councils and other non-profit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service area. The LCRA is a conservation and reclamation district that generates electricity, manages the waters of the Texas Colorado River, operates parks and assists communities in economic development. The LCRA operates on revenues from the sale of electricity and water and other services.