Fulton County accepts grants

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently took action on several public safety grants, including one to accept a $33,300 state Violence Against Women Grant, at the County Office Building.

Supervisors on Monday accepted the grant funds for 2013 from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. District Attorney Louise Sira received notification of the award.

The Violence Against Women Grant will be disbursed for a fourth assistant district attorney. The base salary is $28,864 and the fringe benefits will be $4,436.

Johnstown Town Supervisor Nancy MacVean said crimes against men who abuse women are often pleaded down by prosecutors to disorderly conduct charges.

“I’d like to see them spending some money on actually prosecuting these guys,” MacVean said.

The supervisor added that maybe the grant funding can be used to rent a “safe house” for victims of domestic violence. MacVean said the funding could also be used for “teaching women not to be punching bags,” and teaching boys not to be like their abusing fathers.

Sira also was allowed to spend $767 in separate state Crime Victim Assistance Program Grant funds for one wide lateral file with three drawers.

Other action taken by the board Monday involving grants included the following:

  • The board accepted a $7,000 Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee 2013 Ignition Interlock Program Grant for the county Probation Department.
  • The board chairman was directed to accept a $25,285 state Emergency Management Performance Grant for 2012.
  • Supervisors authorized Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer to purchase equipment and supplies, which closes out a $37,800 state Companion Animal Sheltering Grant from 2010. Items included laptops, two-way radios, scanners,a printer and pet cage pads.
  • The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was allowed to expend $1,700 in Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program grant funds to purchase a $1,170 digital radio.
  • Supervisors amended the county’s 2013 budget to utilize $1,832 in Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council grant funds to combat underage drinking through the county Sheriff’s Department. Funding is from the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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