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Jail gets $551K grant

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department is receiving a $551,400 jail confinement grant and they have finalized what the money will be spent on. 

The jail was awarded this grant back in February and, following a lengthy paperwork delay, things are finally moving forward. At the county Budget and Finance meeting Thursday night, commissioners discussed what the grant money will be used on at the jail once the funds are received. 

“This is 100% federal money from the state through the Department of Criminal Justice. I think the UCDD helped with the procurement of this grant, so there is no match on our end. It is $551,400,” said Finance Department director Justin Cotten.

The money will be used on: a floor buffer for $1,200, an X-Ray scanner for $150,000, a transport van for $60,000, computers for $15,000, air purifier blasters for $24,000, air purifiers for cars for $8,000, Plexiglass for $700, a file system for $200,000, radio/mic for $7,000, electronic signs for $25,000, jail policy for $12,000, kitchen equipment for $41,000, and body cameras for $7,500. 

“There is zero match money. It is all direct funding,” said Commissioner Scott Rubley.

The funds have to be used by the end of the fiscal year.