County Commission Considering Whether To Require Prior Notice On Grant Applications

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

County Commissioner Joe Graham said he plans to bring up a resolution at next Wednesday's agenda session requiring that the commission be notified on grant requests that will require a commission contribution.

However, County Mayor Jim Coppinger urged that the commission turn down the resolution, saying it would be burdensome to comply with and might discourage some from applying for grants. He said the commission has the final say-so on whether to accept grants.

Sheriff Jim Hammond last week announced a $1 million federal grant to hire eight new School Resource Officers for three years. But he said the County Commission would have to agree to take up the funding for a fourth year.

Chairman Fred Skillern said when county grants are applied for the department making the application should be prepared to have the local match taken from its budget.

Commissioner Marty Haynes said, "I don't want to impede anyone from applying for grant money for the county."

Commissioner Graham said, "This is not to discourage anyone from applying in any shape or form. It is just to give us a heads up." 


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