By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
Madison Fiscal Court passed two resolutions Tuesday morning giving County Judge/Executive Kent Clark authorization to sign forms accepting grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
The county is seeking grants to pay for changes to two departments. The first is the fire department, which wants a grant to purchase bunker gear.
The second is the sheriff's department. Clark said one of the projects the department wants to start up again is the drug task force.
“It's something that was very successful before,” Clark said. “Some of the participants in the department really couldn't afford to stay in it.”
Sheriff Mike Coyle said he had three entities ready to participate in a task force if it could be formed, making them eligible for grant money. Clark said the grant money would cover the cost of personnel and office space for the task force.
Clark said the county has been applying for “anything and everything” when it comes to grants.
“About the only grant money that's become available is homeland security,” Clark said.
He said there was no set dollar amount for the grants. The county applies for as much money as it can, but nobody knows what the dollar amount will be until the application receives approval from the DHS.
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