Sheriff’s Office to apply for grant for school resource officer

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By Jeff Moore

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office hopes to land a federal grant to put a resource officer in the schools next year.

At the May 14 Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, CCSO’s Jennifer Willhoite said they are seeking a three-year, $125,000 grant for the position. The funding would come through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Hiring Program.

Willhoite asked fiscal court if the sheriff’s office has their blessing for the grant application, noting that the grant covers 75 percent of the salary for three years and the county has to cover the salary of the resource office for a fourth year.

“We re hopeful that this might help us a little bit,” she said.

When school is not in session during the summer, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the officer can work on other duties for the department.

Tomlinson said he has also had a brief discussion with schools Superintendent Lisa James about the district’s availability of funding to assist with covering the salary.

Fiscal court instructed Willhoite to proceed with filing the grant.

On another front, Willhoite said the CCSO has filed for a grant to install light bars on a couple of the department’s vehicles that do not have them.


Streetscape work nears completion

Work is nearly complete on the improvements to the grounds and sidewalks around the Carroll County Courthouse. Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said he will be doing a punch list with the contractor in the next week during the May 14 Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting. That will tie down the final items that need to be completed. Tomlinson told fiscal court the sod installed is growing faster than the areas that were replanted. “We know it looks a little shabby,” he said. But the landscapers indicated to him that they may soon be able to cut some of the grass when it is clear it is established. The county has received $187,00 of the $188,000 in grant funds for the Streetscape project. Tomlinson said the county has also paid part of the cost of the work under the terms of the grant funding.


County receives $52,000 FEMA grant

Carroll County’s rescue and ambulance services will soon have some help lifting heavier patients. The county has received a $52,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase two lifting systems, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson announced at the May 14 fiscal court meeting. The county will only have to pay 5 percent, or $4,900, of the cost of the lifting system. “That’s a pretty good grant, especially as hard as they are to come by,” Tomlinson said. Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ed Webb, working with former Carroll County Community Development Corporation Director Joan Moore, filed for the grant last year.

Fair board to receive additional $10,000

Carroll County Fiscal Court approved an additional $10,000 donation to the Carroll County Fair Board during its May 14 meeting. Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the fair board had requested the additional assistance, above the $10,000 it already receives from the county. He noted that the year prior, the county had given the fair board $20,000. District 2 Magistrate Deanie Miller said the fair board has a problem because its loan payments are too high, the interest rate is too high and the payment is due before the fair each year. Magistrates indicated that operating the fairgrounds, like many other counties do, would cost much more than this $20,000 contribution they are making.


County donates to National Guard

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted May 14 to donate $500 toward the Kentucky National Guard Memorial as part of the county paver program. The memorial, to be constructed in Frankfort, will honor the National Guard members who have been killed in the line of duty. Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson pointed out that one of the fallen listed on the brochure was a member of the Carrollton National Guard unit. The brochure includes Luther M. Chappell’s photo. He was killed in the Vietnam War June 19, 1969.