Grant application's formality accomplished

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

During a couple of brief meetings set to beat a filing deadline, the Marshall County Commission on Monday completed the formality of authorizing an application for federal funds to help fund the Sheriff's Department.

New bullet proof vests and computer equipment are to be purchased with $14,700 from a long-standing police grant program that's been infused with additional funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis is handling the paperwork for the grant application for the city and the county, according to officials in both governments. Because of that, the city could extract a 10 percent administration fee, but Forbis is waiving that to make more money directly available for spending on police equipment.

Cooperation with the program was recommended last week by the Marshall County Law Enforcement Committee. It forwarded the matter to the county's Budget Committee which met for several minutes before a special called meeting of the County Commission on Monday night.

County commissioners conducted a public hearing on the plan to apply for federal money and nobody stepped forward to speak for or against the grant application.

A few minutes later, the commissioners considered the resolution advocating the application.

Commissioner Linda Williams-Lee, an official who oversees government grant applications for the Marshall County School System, confirmed her impression from her experience with grants that there are reporting requirements with the grant, but that Forbis will over see that.

With little additional discussion, the commissioners unanimously voted for the application and then adjourned.