UPDATE 7:30 P.M. MONDAY
The Henderson City Council heard from the city police and fire chiefs about some grant opportunities for the police department and fire department at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.
Police Chief Marcus Barrow asked the council to approve a grant application for a mobile messaging board. According to information from the city, the grant, awarded through the NC Governor’s Crime Commission, is for a maximum of just more than $20,000 and requires no matching funds. The council ratified the application. Later, the city council still has final approval before the grant is awarded or a certificate is presented.
A second grant opportunity comes from the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program to establish the Henderson Police Department Speed and Alcohol Field Enforcement Initiative. The council approved this application as well. Although this grant does not have a matching funds requirement, it does require an ongoing commitment after completion of Year 3 of the grant funding cycle. Applicants can request a maximum of $49,201 in funding for the first year of the three-year grant.
In year 1, the grantor provides 100% of the funds; in Year 2, federal funding drops to 74 percent with a 25 percent contribution; and in Year 3, the federal/local funds is 50 percent each. Following Year 3, the costs of the program are assumed by the City as part of the agency’s operating budget. The program requires applying annually to request funding for subsequent years.
Should the grant be awarded, the police department will receive $49,201 to fund the Speed and Alcohol Field Enforcement Initiative, and the grant award conditions and certifications will be presented to the council for acceptance.
Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell received the green light from the council to apply for a FEMA grant of more than $73,000. A 5 percent match is required – about $3,700 – to qualify for this grant, which would allow for hose upgrades, ladder truck rescue and rigging equipment. This would move the city fire department closer to its goal of obtaining a N.C. Heavy Rescue Certification, in addition to being able to replace some ground ladders with lighter-weight ladders, reducing fatigue and injury to firefighters.
UPDATE 10:20 A.M. MONDAY
Henderson City Council Scheduled Regular Meeting – PUBLIC NOTICE
Monday, 8 February 2021
City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave., Henderson, NC 27536
Due to COVID-19 health mandates issued by Governor Cooper, the number of citizens allowed into Council Chambers is limited. However, members of the community are strongly encouraged to provide questions/comments for Council in writing as follows and to listen via Zoom:
1. Email written comments to: email@example.com
2. Emails received by 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting will be read aloud at the meeting. Comments are limited to 3-minutes per person.
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City of Henderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: City Council Meeting
Time: Feb 8, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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