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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

April 25, 2013

County OK’s requests for police grants

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to accept a $26,450 state grant to assist police in sex offender compliance and enforcement efforts.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention grant will be utilized by the county Sheriff’s Office to pay salaries of two part-time civilian employees who assist with registering sex offenders and conducting compliance checks at their homes.

The grant also covers training expenses, including registration fees, meals, lodging and travel.

The commissioners also approved an application request by the state’s attorney’s office to seek a $30,950 state grant for a correctional system work crew supervisor.

The supervisor oversees persons who have agreed to perform voluntarily community service as an alternative to possible fines or jail as part of criminal court proceedings.

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The money from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention would keep the program operational and reduce the amount needed from the state’s attorney’s budget.

Grant application for airport equipment approved

Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour on Tuesday requested permission from Washington County officials to seek a Federal Aviation Administration grant to replace one of the airport’s crash response trucks.

The county Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the request, which would alleviate a large majority of county funding already approved for future replacement of both vehicles stationed at the airport.

“If we get it in right now, chances are very good,” Ridenour said.

If awarded, the $517,000 grant would account for 90 percent of the purchase, with the county only needing to pay $28,000, or 5 percent. The other 5 percent would come from state funds.

The model years of the current trucks are 1996 and 1980, Ridenour said.

— C.J. Lovelace

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