Mayor John W.D. Bowling asked commissioners Monday to use $99,000 grant match intended for sidewalks downtown to help pay for a new fire station on the bypass.
No decision was made, but Commissioner Terry Crowley called it "a terrible idea."
The fire station "has run over budget," Crowley said. "I don't think for very good reasons."
The city had budgeted 20 percent of the total cost of the sidewalk project, $99,000. The other 80 percent, $400,000, would be covered by the grant, if it was awarded to the city.
"We would lose $400,000," Crowley said. "I think this is a terrible decision."
Crowley said the grant would be a three to one match of taxpayers money.
"I frankly think the firehouse is much more important than concrete and trash cans," Bowling said.
Heart of Danville's Julie Wagner wrote the grant to replace the sidewalks on the east end of Main Street, in front of Burke's Bakery and Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and to replace the sidewalks that will be destroyed during construction of a parking garage on Third Street.