City approves grant application for police cars

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By C.L. Watson, Citizen Correspondent

Tri County Community Resource Center Director Beverly Goodman requested the city donate use of the Tommy Usher Pineland Center for an event with chef Laura Fowler Goss.

The event is a parent and child cooking class instructed by Goss March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Commissioner Teresa Barron made the motion to donate use of the center. Commissioner Donald Lawrence seconded. The motion was unanimously approved.

City Manager Mary Ellzey presented the USDA Community Facility Grant for purchase of four police vehicles. In October 2017, the commission gave approval to file the application for the 4-to-1 matching grant. The USDA would pay $140,595 and the cost to the city would be $46,865 for four new Chevy Tahoes. Lawrence made the motion that was seconded by Barron and unanimously approved.

Police Chief Scott Anderson informed commissioners that police officers would soon need their body cams replaced and the wireless printers in eight patrol units needed updating.

Fire Chief James Harris requested and received permission to apply for Florida Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant to purchase 10 new fire hoses and one intake valve before the old equipment becomes inoperable. The new items would be stored until needed. Under the 50-50 matching grant would, the cost to the city would be $1,067.

City Attorney Norm Fugate’s annual contract was never addressed in September 2017 when it expired. Commissioners voted to renew Fugate’s contract through September.