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Santa Maria asks for security funds

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria recently requested reappropriation of over $40,000 in state funding to purchase equipment for a dedicated fiber network between agencies.

The budget amendment request reappropriating $40,061 in state Homeland Security Grant funds went before the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee Monday at the County Office Building.

Supervisors supported the request, which now goes before the full board April 12.

The board last year accepted the grant funds, and authorized Santa Maria to make certain purchases. But not all the purchases/projects were able to be completed in 2020.

“With the COVID and a few things, we knew we weren’t going to be able to get it [done] by the end of the year,” Santa Maria said.

Santa Maria said the $40,061 worth of purchases that need to be made are as follows: cyber security equipment — $4,100; fiber network equipment — $27,579; and closed-circuit TV cameras and related equipment — $8,382.

In another grant matter, the committee approved a proposed resolution accepting 2020 state Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Emergency Performance Grant funding, and amend the budget to utilize a portion of the funds. The full board will vote April 12 on the resolution.

“This is a 50 percent match grant,” Santa Maria said. “This is the annual grant we use.”

Santa Maria noted that last August the county was notified it was eligible to apply for $25,443 in funding from an Emergency Management Performance Grant program. He submitted an application for the grant opportunity. He said Fulton County was ultimately awarded $25,443 and is responsible for a match of the same amount.

The emergency services official said the $10,443 will be utilized for an annual service contract for an IamResponding Messaging Platform.

IamResponding is an emergency notification software that helps first respondents, rescue teams, hospitals, and fire or police departments send mass alerts as phone calls, emails, and in-app messages.

Santa Maria said the remaining funds will be set up at a later date.

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