October 14, 2009 Edition

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County receives grant



Among those on hand at Monday night's Qourum Court meeting to support a request for funds to improve a building next to the arena being used by the Lawrence County 4-H Horse and Pony Club were (from left): Deborah Teague, Sandra McGinnis, Donna Moore and Jerry Moore.
Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The Quorum Court was informed at its meeting Monday night that a state grant of $50,000 has been awarded to the Lawrence County Sherriff's Department to be used to improve the county's informational technology.

The grant will be used to install a fingerprinting system that will be connected with a nationwide program, including the F.B.I. and other major agencies. This program will allow county law enforcement to easily identify individuals who are wanted for crimes in another state or by the federal government.

Two resolutions were passed by the court in an effort to improve county attractions. A resolution was passed to apply for a grant of $20,000 to help the Clover Bend Historic Preservation Association complete the Clover Bend Gymnasium Restoration.

The second resolution was passed to apply for a grant of $15,000 to assist the Lawrence County Fair Association in improving the fairground bleachers.

The grants are being sought through GFI Funded Community Enhancement Grant and the GFI County Fair Grant, respectfully.

An appropriation of $5,000 was approved to improve the county-owned building next to the arena currently used by Lawrence County 4-H Horse and Pony Club. The roof is leaking badly and other repairs are needed.

An ordinance was passed that allows up to $12.50 per hour salary for the Lawrence County hot check coordinator, presently Lisa Girard. The hot check program is run by the prosecuting attorney's office, but the salary is paid by the county, according to state statutes.

Appropriations of $130,572.48 and $17,625 were made from FEMA reimbursements and other monies to be deposited into the road department funds. These appropriations will help replace the money spent during the ice storm of January 2009.

Funds were shifted from the communications fund to the sheriff's budget to help pay for a vehicle that replaced one that was totaled in a recent accident. The newly purchased vehicle is a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis and was purchased for $14,200. The insurance money received for the wrecked police vehicle was placed into the vehicle repair fund.

A request for $2,500 from the Jail Fee funds was approved to be used to purchase software that will help the county be in compliance with a state request to keep track of fines.

A letter written September 11 was received by the judge that approved the 2008 Audit Report. Justice Junior Briner also reported that the budget committee is working on the new 2010 budget and will bring it for review from the quorum court as soon as it is completed.

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