City Council approves grants for police

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 07:55 PM

Henderson will seek nearly $100,000 in grant help for police to fund equipment purchases and officers’ overtime following a unanimous approval Monday for applications to a state crime commission fund authority.

The Henderson City Council also approved updating their water reclamation facility loan to fit the slightly higher construction bill, adding about $500,000 to the $16.6 million loan.

Henderson Police Chief Keith Sidwell said to council members that the $99,092 would be leveraged by $33,030.80 in match funding that draws from federal asset forfeiture funds.

The total program at $132,122.80 would in part purchase eight Mobile Data Terminal in-car camera systems Sidwell said are part of an ongoing upgrade effort to keep police cruisers at state-of-the-art capacity.

“We have video cameras in every marked car,” Sidwell said in response to questions from council members. “Some of the equipment is outdated and bare. We are slowly upgrading our equipment.”

City Manager Ray Griffin said the city’s federal asset forfeiture fund has been drawn down from nearly $780,000 to a current level of about $525,000.

The approved program would potentially draw those fund savings below the $500,000 mark. Yet to be assessed are forfeiture funds to be added in from criminal forfeiture actions through the fiscal year gained primarily by police drug interdiction efforts.

Some of the funds would go toward equipment and materials needed to expand partnerships with citizen groups government agencies and businesses focused on reducing crime, particularly aggravated assaults and crimes involving weapons and gangs.

Ratified were completed grant applications that now advance to the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission. The applications were due Jan. 31, and Mayor Pete O’Geary signed off on them for electronic submission for that date.

The City Council approved the state’s revolving fund loan now standing at $17,115,000 for work to overhaul the Henderson Water Reclamation Facility.

The amended Clean Water Management Trust Fund offer remains a zero-percent interest loan over 20 years, and includes an additional $100,000 in loan forgiveness to the $1 million included before.

The funding of a construction contract awarded to Devere Construction on Jan. 14 had already been approved by the council. The state updated its loan documents to fit the fund budget, and the council on Monday approved the updated paperwork.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.