Mercedes receives grant money for saferoom

MERCEDES – The city received a grant of more than one million dollars to help pay for the construction of the new safe room/recreation center.

In 2012 Mercedes received FEMA grants to fund 75% of the construction costs of the dome shelter. The city was expected to pay the difference, but costs of the shelter exceeded the budget.

The grant money came primarily from the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative from the Texas Department of Emergency Management.