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Fulton County approves grant application

Funds would be used for school resource officer

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently authorized a federal grant application to fund a county Sheriff’s Department deputy as a school resource officer in the Mayfield Central School District.

The board passed a resolution to allow Sheriff Richard Giardino to promote an application to the U.S. Department of Justice Cops-Fast Program for a multi-year grant.

Johnstown 2nd Ward Supervisor Mike Kinowski cast the only no vote.

“This is just to file an application,” noted county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Giardino explained the grant requires a four-year commitment to a school resource officer program in order to qualify for federal funding up to $125,000 for years one through three.

The Mayfield Central School District has committed to pay the local share of all costs related to the deputy, school resource officer. Monday’s resolution indicates the Mayfield school system will be responsible for all local costs, including benefits.

In other business related to the sheriff’s department:

∫ The board amended the 2020 capital plan to substitute purchase of an all-wheel drive SUV, instead of a sedan, for use in the sheriff’s department.

Stead said 2020 patrol sedans have not been available.

“The manufacturers are delaying production of them,” the county official said.

The 2020 capital plan includes funding for one Dodge Charger patrol sedan at a cost of $51,000. Instead, Giardino has now requested an all-wheel drive SUV for use by the Investigation Division. The capital plan was amended to reflect costs of $46,549.

∫ Supervisors awarded a bid to United Uniform Co. of Buffalo for purchase of uniforms and equipment/accessories for use in the sheriff’s office. The bid amount for uniforms was $88,521. The bid amount for equipment/accessories was $21,564.

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

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