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CK Fire looking for address help
There’s a waiting list of more than 300 people who would like to get a reflective address sign.
The problem is, there’s no more funding for the signs.
Residents of the Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue District were offered the opportunity to get the blue reflective signs which have house numbers on them under a program that began in 2008.
The signs were funded through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that the district received. The $37,950 grant covered the cost of 6,400 signs, most of which went up between 2008 and last year, when the funding ran out.
“Currently, we have at least 300 people who want them,” said Ileana LiMarzi, spokeswoman for the fire district. “We’ve been at least a year without any to give out.”
According to the fire district, signs have been placed at many rural homes where it is hard for firefighters to see house numbers in the dark. The reflective nature of the signs helps.
“The address signs are beneficial in helping us find people in the middle of the night,” said Jay Lovato, assistant chief.
LiMarzi said the signs are for residences only and were given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Since the district ran out of signs, she’s been working to find another way of supplying them to residents at no or low-cost.
Working with the Department of Corrections was one option that was looked at.
According to Chief Scott Weninger, there wasn’t any grant funding available for the Department of Corrections to make the signs.
“Since we’d be using tax dollars at that point to make them, it would be considered a gifting of public funds, and we can’t do that,” he said.
But LiMarzi is optimistic that something can work out through finding a funding source and having the signs purchased through Home Depot.
Each sign costs from $8 to $9.