Supes approve sheriff’s funding request
July 16, 2013 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, along with two other local agencies, will benefit from Title III funding.
In a 4 to 1 vote, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved $127,000 be designated to the sheriff’s office, which met the required 45-day notice for public comment. County costs will be subtracted.
The Spalding Community Services District and the Janesville Town Council requested the remaining $185,000 but need to meet the required time frame for public comment before the board can consider allocating funds.
If the organizations don’t complete the required process or decide to decline the requested money, the funding will automatically go to the sheriff’s office.
The vote was made after some discussion during a Tuesday, July 9 meeting.
According to Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon, the funding will reimburse costs for search and rescue, firefighting, responding to floods, landslides, avalanches, tornadoes, high wind events, medical emergencies, first aid to prevent risk of human injury or death and personal property.
He said, “It’s a wide range of emergencies that we commonly respond to on national forest lands. So what we’re going to do is provide some training for our people on identifying which calls for service would be eligible for reimbursement,” he said.
According to Julie Morgan, assistant to the county administrative officer, the sheriff’s office originally requested $923 plus interest from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000.
The additional funding became available after the Lassen County Fire Safe Council withdrew its request in May.
Morgan said the funds have to be obligated by Sept. 30 or the money will be returned to the United States Treasury. If the funding is obligated, but not used, staff only has to report what has been spent by every Feb. 1.
Notices for the Spalding Community Services District and the Janesville Town Council have to be posted by Aug. 6 to meet the Sept. 30 deadline.
Supervisor Jim Chapman suggested if the process for the two agencies can’t complete the process those funds will automatically be shifted to the sheriff’s office.
Supervisor Bob Pyle said it wasn’t correct for the supervisors to second guess whether the Spalding Community Services District had the ability to follow through.
Pyle said he would be “extremely supportive,” of the Spalding Community Services District and the Janesville Town Council receiving the money and the remaining $127,000 minus the county costs going to the sheriff’s office.
Chapman said he was not suggesting either one were incapable and said he thought Janesville has been the leader in the fire safe community.
He said he was 100 percent in favor of the board working with those two communities and allocating the use of those funds.
“I just want to make sure that come Sept. 30 for some reason if there is a glitch that develops that precludes either Janesville or Spalding from being able to complete the process, that those funds be able to shift automatically to the sheriff’s allocation. Hopefully that won’t be the case.”
Growdon expressed his support for Pyle’s motion.
“Obviously, we support any of the community projects, fire safe projects, but the main thing is we don’t want the money to just go away. It’s available to our county for a reason, to offset costs. And that’s what we’ll be doing with it.”
Supervisors Chapman, Pyle and Jack Hanson voted yes. Aaron Albaugh, who said he was nervous about the limited scope for the use of the funds, voted no.
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