Marion County ESDA Gets $20,000 from Dakota Access Pipeline; Plan Building Expansion

ESDA Director Looking at Addition of Meeting Room to His Facility at Marion County Fairgrounds

The developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline have donated $20,000 to the Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

Donnie Brooks plans to use the money to pay for most of the cost of an expansion of the building at the Marion County Fairgrounds that houses the ESDA and 911 Emergency Services offices. He said the extra room would be used for classroom and meeting space. Right now the garage at the building is emptied to be used for meetings.

Brooks says he thinks most of the expansion work can be completed for $20,000.

Brooks went to Lincoln Land Community College in Litchfield to a program where the Pipeline presented $100,000 to first responders in Marion, Fayette, Bond, Montgomery and Macoupin Counties.

The division of Energy Transfer Partners is making similar donations to county emergency management agencies across its four-state route, totaling $1-million across 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.