Roundup for Safety Funds Nine Community Safety Projects

The Roundup for Safety Board awarded a total of $40,246 in grants to community nonprofits at its February 11 meeting.

The Board considered nine eligible community safety projects, including a flashing speed sign request from the West Glacier School. The elementary school faces multiple safety challenges, as its location on Old Bridge Road is just off the Going-to-the-Sun Road and sandwiched in between the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and the BNSF railroad tracks.

The current speed limit sign is located well before the school and is often obstructed by leaves. West Glacier School informed the Board that they have $500 for installing the sign’s pole and requested assistance in funding the $2,300 sign. The signage is a Free Standing Driver Feedback Sign, meaning it displays the posted speed limit and the speed a driver is actually traveling. It is solar-powered.

Teacher Kimberly Poore noted that students are in school from 7:40 a.m. through 4:10 p.m. and therefore enter and exit in the dark during November through March. The school’s parking area is not separate from Old Bridge Road, so students walk along the dark road.

Approximately 160 people comprise the West Glacier community, but 1.6 million visitors accessed Glacier National Park last year. The Board granted the West Glacier School’s community safety funding request in full.

Other projects funded during the February meeting included:

The Heritage Museum – $7,500 – roof replacement

Underwater Soldiers – $1,200 – AED

St. Matthew’s Catholic School – $5,000 – digital security cameras

DREAM Adaptive Recreation – $1,200 – AED

Three Rivers EMS – $396 – child safety restraints for ambulance

Habitat for Humanity – $2,400 – two AEDs

Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse – $10,000 – advanced first responder Trauma Kits (70)

Kalispell Babe Ruth – $250 – first aid kit, ice machine

Senior Mobile Home Repair Program – $10,000 – senior mobile home repair

To date in 2022, Roundup for Safety Board has distributed $50,246 in community safety project funding. Grants are considered each month. Applications are accepted on Flathead Electric Co-op’s website. The Roundup for Safety Board next meets on March 10; applications are due February 28. For additional information about the program, call Courtney Stone at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.