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Counties net funding

September 25, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County - along with two neighboring counties - has been awarded $34,000 in federal 2012 Haz-Mat Grant funding to benefit the Hazardous Materials programs in their counties.

Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer informed the county Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee of the regional grant Monday at the County Office Building.

The committee approved a resolution accepting the grant. The resolution goes before the Finance Committee on Thursday and the full board Oct. 8 for final approval. Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties will share the award.

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Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer talks to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown.
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Polmateer didn't specify exactly what the funding will be used for, but it is usually used for equipment, clothing and training to have personnel ready in cases of fires and hazardous materials situations. Federal grants are filtered down through the state, which prefers when counties share them.

"The state is actually getting different partners [for grants] throughout the state," Polmateer said.

Polmateer told supervisors he received a Sept. 4 email indicating Fulton County - as lead agency for the three counties - was awarded the $34,000 grant. He said the federal Homeland Security Office will reimburse expenses before full receipt of the money.

As part of the grant application, Polmateer said the counties have designated equipment to avoid duplication and foster sharing. He said the funding also will go toward "retention" of existing equipment.

"I would be handling the funds," Polmateer said.

Johnstown 4th Ward Supervisor William Waldron, committee chairman, asked if the two counties would be charged for Polmateer's services, but he said they wouldn't.

Counties across the state have routinely received federal Haz-Mat funding since the 2001 terrorist attacks, although funding levels have decreased over the years. Polmateer's office, in conjunction with Montgomery County, was informed in March that $125,000 in federal 2011 Homeland Security Grant funding was awarded.



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