Roundup for Safety grant to provide solar safety

A $6,420 Roundup for Safety grant will be used to replace an obsolete solar power system at the historic Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park. Applicants said that having a functional system is critical to provide power for communications equipment used to ensure public safety in this heavily visited yet remote location. With hiker demand on the Highline Trail now regularly exceeding 2,000 hikers a day, they say the safety imperative to have reliable 24/7, two-way radio communication capability is critical. The new PV system will also allow for the charging of other maintenance equipment and limited lighting, which will help to improve the safety of both the workers doing the repairs, and the public visiting the site.

In addition to the Center for Asbestos Related Disease, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the September meeting to $25,870:

Farming for the Future Academy, Inc. – $5,000 for fencing;

Flathead Municipal Airport Authority – $3,000 for radios;

Flathead County Road & Bridge Dept. – $3,500 for LED signs for traffic closures;                                               

Flathead Wildlife, Inc. – $4,950 for hunter orange safety vests; and

Conrad Mansion Museum – $3,000 for path lights for grounds.

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 www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.