“This is not going to cost the county any money and I am going to take up only about five minutes of your time,” stated Darrell Winston of the Phillips County Sheriff's Department as he introduced a handout regarding the county's grant application for the purchase of four patrol vehicles for the department.
During a special session on July 30, JPs began the grant application process by passing a resolution providing for the acceptance of a USDA Rural Development Community Facility grant from the Department of Rural Services. The amount of the grant is not to exceed $49, 260. The county will pay the difference in the cost of the patrol vehicles with a loan of $20,000.
The quorum court finally got the ball rolling after twice revising an appropriation ordinance authorizing the short-term financing of the purchase.
“All we need to get the grant process started is a certification letter from the quorum court and the passage of a resolution,” commented Winston.
“You can pass that resolution tonight if you like,” said County Treasurer Becky Gattas.
A copy of the resolution was included in the application packet Winston presented to the quorum court members. In essence the resolution authorized County Judge Don Gentry to apply for the grant on behalf of the Sheriff's Department. According to the resolution, the county intends to buy three 2014 Chevrolet Caprice Package 9C1 Patrol Vehicles and three premier packages for those vehicles.
The cycle for filing for the grant opened August 5. The deadline for the application to be submitted is Oct. 11.
In other business, the JPs narrowly passed (6 to 5 margin) a resolution of statement of support for the Phillips County Animal Control Center. At the July 30 special section, the quorum court reallocated funds set aside for the project.
Gentry said the resolution of support could be approved now in anticipation that funding for the project would be available in the future.
The justices also approved an ordinance establishing fees to be charged by the Phillips County Sheriff's Office for specified documents. The ordinance set the fees at $10 for accident or incident reports and $5 for each additional copy; $10 for fingerprints; and 50 cents per page for affidavits and copies of files.
Gentry reported that the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee's review of Phillips County would be presented to the Standing Committee on Counties and Municipalities of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee at the State Capitol in Little Rock on Sept. 12.