A grant for COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) was on the agenda for the monthly Fulton County Quorum Court March 9.
Tom Hanselman with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department spoke about the grant, which will be used to hire another officer for a four year term.
"The grant applications start on the 15th, and it's on a first come first serve basis," Hanselman said. "This will be a three year grant: the government will pay entry level salary, Blue Cross Blue Shield, workmen's comp, social security, retirement insurance and unemployment. They pay everything, and there's no county match. There's nothing (the county pays nothing) for three years. The only thing the county has to do is at the end of this three years have that entry level salary, which actually comes out with all the insurance, comp, social security, retirement and unemployment to $25,615 in the budget for the fourth year. At the end of that fourth year, we can keep or get rid of the employee and we will not default."
Several members of the court were confused as to whether or not the money would be defaulted to the county if the employee were to quit or be laid off.
Hanselman said more information would be made available once the application time opens. He stressed that the grant is very time sensitive and said the grant will be given on a first come first serve basis.
The court agreed to apply for the grant. As more information becomes available, the court will decide whether or not to back out of the grant.
Fulton County Judge Charles Willett had some good news on how the ice storm debris removal is going. "We're hauling about 120 to 130 loads (of debris) per day," Judge Willett said. "We've hauled about 40,000 cubic yards right now that we've measured so far."
He said the Corps has come in to the county, and they have a Black Box program set up for estimates.
"The county's got three crews working. We've got five additional crews that's helping us, we call temporary employees. It's just a lot of brush. It's going to be a long time (to get it cleaned)," Judge Willett said.
He said the county now has about six approved staging sites where the county has been dumping debris.
Judge Willett said the county received a grant for $16,929. The court voted to move that money from the county general fund to Haz-Mat for new radios.
The court also voted to appropriate $14,119.21 in sales tax for the Fulton County Hospital for maintenance and operations.
The court appropriated $31,048.21 for Ordinance 2009-3.
According to the summary of account balances for February, the county general fund had an ending balance of $412,204.91. The county road fund had an ending balance of $401,759.91, and the county maintenance fund's ending balance was $31,211.21.
The next Fulton County Quorum Court meeting is scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.