Lansford council on Wednesday agreed to research ways to coming up with the match for a $265,000 state grant to refurbish the borough hall, above the American Fire Co. No. 1 on East Patterson Street.

Firefighters have agreed to ante up about half of the money, said council president Adam Webber.

That would leave $132,500 about four mills for the borough to get to be able to accept the grant, through the Department of Community and Economic Development. council will explore low-interest loans and other funding sources.

it will also research the costs of hiring an architect, which DCED said must be done as soon as possible.

Assistant secretary Karen Burrell, who applied for the grant last year, suggested asking the borough engineers, Keystone Consulting Engineers Inc., for their suggestions.

Three firefighters attended the public meeting Wednesday.

"Now we definitely have some kind of progress," said Councilwoman Mary Kruczek.

The project would remodel the aging building at 26-28 E. Patterson St. to provide rooms for administration, police, code enforcement/zoning, tax, sanitation, an emergency managers office and an elevator. the grant money would also help pay for the acquisition of an adjacent parcel for parking and an elevator. The fire company would continue to occupy the ground floor.

The building, at 26-28 E. Patterson St., was built as a fire station in 1896, with rooms for borough offices added in 1906. It is in need of extensive repairs.

In other matters Wednesday, council:

*Accepted Mauch Chunk Chimney Sweeps' $2,980 bid to install a liner in the building's chimney. The company was among three bidders for the job;

*Agreed to hire Robert Stackhouse for the borough work crew pending background checks;

*Listened to engineer Eric Snyder explain Community Development Block Grant projects, the status of the borough hall roof and street problems near the Sports Zoo at the west end of town.