Three requests were endorsed to spend some of the county Federal Aid Allocation.
A new senior center at Cortland Crescent Commons will receive $175,000.
Improvements would include communication links to 6 satellite centers around the county. It could take the senior program from a school basement (County Office Building) to trendy first floor space. Smart TVs, computer workstations and updated furnishings are part of the proposal.
The Sheriff requested funding for body cameras for deputies and dashboard cameras for department vehicles.
The advisory committee endorsed using federal relief aid to pay for the first two years of a five year contract at a cost of $440,400.
The county would own the cameras. The contract is for storage and maintenance.
Costs will eventually become part of the sheriff’s budget.
Another anticipated expense is for manpower to allow the District Attorney to work with the evidence.
The sheriff’s office does have some unexpected income, reporting about $200,000 from the state for leaving inmates in our county jail during COVID.
$1 million of federal relief money will be allocated for Courthouse renovations to cover repairs to roofs, steps, exit doors and an elevator.
The county has saved some money for the work, and is applying for grants, but the federal money will allow work to begin.