Ratification of police grants expected Monday by Henderson city council

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

The Henderson Police Department is reaching out for $99,092 in grants to fund overtime for police officers and purchase equipment and materials needed to expand partnerships with citizen groups.

The Henderson City Council will hold a vote during its regular meeting Monday evening at 6. The council will be ratifying completed grant applications that if approved would go before the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission.

The larger of two grants, at $54,092, includes a match portion at $18,031, paid for through federal asset forfeiture funds gained primarily by police drug interdiction efforts.

A memo to council members that includes information provided by the police department states that equipment and materials would support partnership efforts with citizen groups, government agencies and businesses focused on reducing crime, particularly aggravated assaults and crimes involving weapons and gangs.

The second grant application for $45,000, with a $15,000 match portion again provided by federal program forfeitures, would go toward a $60,000 total bill on buying eight Mobile Data Terminal in-car camera systems to be installed in marked police cruisers for patrol duties.

The applications were due Jan. 31, and Mayor Pete O’Geary signed off on them for electronic submission for that date, according to City Manager Ray Griffin. The council would be officially ratifying the mayor’s signing after the fact.

Griffin said the applications are not expected to be controversial.

“But if the council did decide not to ratify, then we would just withdraw the applications.”

In other business:

• McGill Associates is on deck to seek grant funding for three city projects that Griffin said would further strengthen the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. McGill is also upgrading the Capital Improvement Plan, leading to the discovery of the three projects they believe will be competitive for grant help as the new round of grant funding nears.

The three projects are the Beckford Drive water main loop, with 3,000 linear feet at $180,000; the U.S. 158 Business water main project, with 10,600 linear feet at $614,800; and the Elmwood Cemetery sewer main replacement. A cost projection for the cemetery is unavailable.

• With a short agenda for Monday, Griffin placed two council retreat issues on for further discussion that council members expressed desire to mull over in more detail than was available in January. Council is expected to discuss the use of the city’s fund balance to balance the budget and also economic development.

• Two closed sessions follow Monday’s regular meeting.


Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.