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County reviews requests for $620K grant
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Warren County government is considering how best to spend $620,000 allotted to it from the state.

The county Budget and Finance Committee met via Zoom and reviewed a laundry list of requests from department directors and elected officials. 

Up for grabs is a portion of $620,000 from Gov. Bill Lee, who set aside $200 million in grant monies for city and county governments in the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. 

“We received the governor’s grant money,” said Finance Department director Justin Cotten. “County Executive Jimmy Haley has been working with directors and elected officials to find out what their needs are for capital improvements. These funds can be used for one-time improvements. It cannot be used for recurring costs, such as salaries.” 

Specific items on the list:

• Warren County Memorial Airport – $120,000 to be used to construct a maintenance shed. Airport officials have asked for the shed for several years, but commissioners have been unwilling to provide funding.

• Warren County Sanitation Department – director Josh Roberts requested $110,000 to construct a storage and maintenance shed.

• Warren County Sheriff’s Department – Sheriff Tommy Myers requested $35,000 for the purchase of body cameras for all patrol deputies. 

Cotten said the remaining $355,000 has been proposed for the courthouse elevator, installation of a drive-thru tube at the Trustee’s Office, administrative office parking lot paving, installation of wi-fi at the administrative building and courthouse, security upgrades at the administrative building and courthouse, and an awning at the main entrance of the courthouse.

Committee members requested specifics on those items and their costs, but that information was not available. 

Budget and Finance Committee members tabled the discussion on how to spend the $620,000 in state funds until a joint meeting between that committee and the Building and Grounds Committee can be arranged. The meeting has been set for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. at the early voting room at Warren County Administrative Offices.