Governor McKee Announces Awardees for Public Safety Infrastructure Grant Program



PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee announced today the award recipients of a matching grant program to help finance significant public safety facility infrastructure projects. The Municipal Public Safety Infrastructure Grant Program is funded with $11 million in State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFRF) through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The maximum award amount is $5 million for regional projects and $1 million for local projects.


"Investing in Rhode Island's public safety starts by addressing the infrastructure that police, fire and EMS units need to protect our state," said Governor Dan McKee. "I'm grateful to our partners in the Rhode Island General Assembly and the federal government for recognizing the importance of funding these local projects, so that we can support the brave men and women who keep Rhode Islanders safe."


An evaluation committee reviewed proposals and made nine awards based on project readiness, including the availability of local funds to satisfy the matching requirement and anticipated start and completion dates.


The following is a list of the awardees, the SFRF amount allocated to the project, and a brief description:


·     City of East Providence ($960,000): Renovate the East Providence Police Station, including a reallocation of existing space to better meet the needs of a modern police department.


·     City of Providence ($770,000): Refurbish the Providence Public Safety Complex through various improvements, including a new roof, updated interior finishes, and exterior repairs.


·     Town of Foster ($1,000,000): Construct a new Foster Public Safety Complex.


·     Town of Glocester ($3,850,000): Upgrade the Glocester Police Station to include a regional emergency operations center to serve as a regional hub for Northern Rhode Island.


·     Town of Middletown ($462,434): Replace the HVAC system and the dispatch consoles at the Middletown Police Station, as well as provide two new radio repeaters to create back-up regional public safety communications capability.


·     Town of Narragansett ($952,950): Expand and renovate the Narragansett Fire-Emergency Medical Services Station on Point Judith Road.


·     Town of North Smithfield ($1,000,000): Upgrade the North Smithfield Police Station, including roof replacement and repairs to the façade. 


·     Town of Smithfield ($1,000,000): Construct a new North End Fire Station that will feature three apparatus bays and crew quarters.


·     Town of South Kingstown ($1,000,000): Construct a new Perryville Emergency Medical Services Station that will feature two bays to accommodate an ambulance and quick response vehicle and crew quarters. 


Eligible expenses include design, predevelopment, construction, and direct administrative costs related to a public safety facilities infrastructure project.  


This project was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0136 awarded to the State of Rhode Island by the U.S. Department of Treasury.



Authorities say one person is dead after the driver of a stolen 18-wheeler intentionally crashed into a Texas DPS office. DPS officials say at least 14 people were hurt after the truck crashed into the office in Brenham. DPS says the driver has been arrested and was angry he was denied a commercial driver's license yesterday.        House Speaker Mike Johnson is appearing alongside Former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago this afternoon. The two are holding a news conference focused on election integrity. The event comes as Johnson faces threats from some conservative Republicans to oust him as speaker if he moves forward with Ukraine funding.        The vice president is in Arizona today to talk about abortion. This comes after the state supreme court upheld a near-total ban on abortions that was put in place 160 years ago. Kamala Harris is in Tucson [[ Too-sahn ]] for an event focusing on the Biden administration's efforts to keep abortion legal.       New data shows which U.S. cities have been hit the hardest by rising inflation. Wallet Hub reports Honolulu, Miami, St. Louis, Seattle, Dallas, and the San Bernardino area in southern California are dealing with inflation rates above the national average. This week, the Labor Department showed inflation rising for the third straight month.       Gas prices keep rising. Triple-A says the average price for regular gas has gone up about 20 cents a gallon over the past month. The national average now sits at three-63. They predict gas prices will get even higher as peak driving season starts and refineries switch to more expensive summer gasoline.       Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter has surrendered to authorities. Ippei Mizuhara [[ EE-pay mizu-HARA ]] is accused of stealing 16 million dollars from the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar to satisfy a sports gambling habit. Mizuhara is now in federal custody and is expected to make his first court appearance on bank fraud charges at 1 p.m. local time in Los Angeles.