Fulton County seeks grant money

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to use state grant money to purchase police video equipment and computer equipment for the county’s mobile command trailer.

Purchase requests came recently from county Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee.

Santa Maria received committee permission to purchase $17,800 worth of video enhancement security equipment for the county Sheriff’s Department office on Route 29. Funding is derived from a $25,665 2017 state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ “performance grant” the county received.

He said the purchases are being done to replace existing cameras, as well as “the addition of a couple new ones.”

Closed-circuit TV equipment to be purchased by the county include: nine ultra-compact done cameras — $2,656; five bullet cameras — $3,796; one camera station — $3,999; four network video decoders – $956; and one in-car camera –$6,391.

The state is reimbursing the county by 100 percent, Santa Maria said.

He also received permission to purchase $3,500 worth of computer equipment and data service plans for the county’s mobile command trailer.

Santa Maria said current Verizon equipment doesn’t work as well in Caroga Lake, and AT&T doesn’t work so well in other parts of the county. He said Fulton County needs “wireless connectivity” involving its mobile command trailer. He said new cellular data service from those firms will help.

The county in 2017 accepted a $63,731 state Homeland Security Program Grant. That funding included $3,500 for trailer “enhancements” that include: a wireless router, cradle point dock, external antenna, related cabling components, support plan, and cellular data service.

The full Board of Supervisors on Monday is expected to improve the purchases.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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