Grant to help fight ‘aggressive’ driving: official

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department landed a $7,805 state grant to combat “aggressive” driving for the fourth consecutive year, Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan said recently.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee last week authorized a proposed board resolution to accept the 2012-13 grant through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The full board must approve the resolution Monday.

The committee heard the state notified the county of the grant and it will be used to “combat aggressive driving actions” on the county’s highways.

“It gives us money for overtime patrols,” Lenahan said.

He said aggressive driving includes such traffic infractions as speeding, running a red light, failure to stop at a stop sign, and passing on the right. The grant was applied for by the county in 2012. It was the fourth consecutive year the county has received it, Lenahan said.

In a separate resolution, the committee granted authorization for the sheriff’s department to apply for a 2013-14 Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee grant. With this application, the county will be seeking $8,550 to combat aggressive driving.

In other business:

The committee authorized Sheriff Thomas Lorey to purchase a nearly $3,000 item for a marked patrol vehicle from a remaining capital account. A total of $3,700 remains in the sheriff’s capital equipment account from recent purchases of new patrol vehicles.

Capt. Garth Hillier told supervisors Lorey wants to use some of the remaining funds to purchase a rooftop lightbar for the marked vehicle. The lightbar will be affixed to a new SUV acquired from federal homeland security grant funds. The cost of the item is $2,954 with installation.

The committee also allowed the transfer of two excess 2005 sheriff’s scanners to the Broadalbin Police Department.

Another proposed resolution approved by the committee authorized Lorey to purchase $12,230 worth of software for mobile computers with state E911 reserve funds to enhance cyber security in the county.

County Information Services Director Perry Lovell had the state conduct a threat assessment on the sheriff’s department’s computer cyber security. The results showed a “vulnerability risk” due to the nature of connectivity, Hillier said.

Lovell advised purchase of additional software to reduce the threat.