RANSON, W.Va.--A $16 million appropriations bill for West Virginia, the last one proposed by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd before his death, includes $435,000 for the Ranson Police Department for a high-tech aerial photography and tracking system.
The money, if approved by the full House and Senate, covers nine requests ranging from $300,000 to $4.3 million. The money would be spent by state colleges and universities, counties, communities and nonprofits on a variety of projects.
The grants would come through U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.
Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in a press release announcing the appropriation, said he was resubmitting Byrd's bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee in honor of his late Senate colleague.
"Senator Byrd selected these projects after significant discussions and consultations with citizens, organizations and government entities," Rockefeller said in the release.
He said all of the requests might not be funded because of the current "budgetary climate."
William Roper, chief of the Ranson Police Department, said Monday that he is confident his grant will come through.