Roundup for Safety grant to keep kids safer

An $8,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help reduce speeding in the Hedges School zones. In a recent study, it was noted that 85% of vehicles were speeding in the area. The City of Kalispell is now installing driver feedback signs telling oncoming traffic their speed, as well as illuminating the speed limit sign with flashing lights when cars exceed the posted limit. The signage will be similar to the new signage along Whitefish Stage Rd. for the Edgerton School Zone.

In addition to the City of Kalispell’s grant for Hedges School, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the February meeting to $19,840:

Columbia Falls Police Department – $2,000 for Trauma medical bags for patrol cars;       

NW MT Association of Realtors – $1,200 for aFriends of the Flathead Snowmobile Assoc. – $1,200 for Level 1 avalanche safety courses;      

Oro Y Plata Foundation Volunteer Park – $4,000 for a pole relocate;

 Kalispell Youth Softball Association – $2,240 for fencing for a backstop; and

Columbia Falls United Methodist Church – $1,200 for CPR training and an AED.


Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit