The Richmond County Board of Commissioners approved a Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Program application for funding in the amount of $223,539. The action came Monday evening at the commissioners’ regular monthly meeting.
The 2013-2014 Program Application is requesting the funding through the NC Department of Public Safety, and of that amount, $63,655 would be in local county funds and in-kind services. The local county matching funds are budgeted through the non-departmental contributions portion of the county budget.
The $223,539 total program budget is to be allocated among the following service providers to impact and prevent delinquent behavior in Richmond County: Project Focus/Leak Street, 4-H Adventures, Parenting Wisely/Richmond Support and JCPC Administrative costs.
According to the proposed funding allocation, Richmond County 4-H would receive $39,372 if funding is approved; Richmond County Community Support would receive $26,604; Leak Street Alumni, Inc. would receive $143,676; and the JCPC Administration would receive $13,887 for the fiscal year.
Commissioner Don Bryant asked presenter Curtis Ingram, Director of JCPC, how success rates are judged. Ingram said he gets spreadsheets from the state that list statistics after data is gathered from various counselors and program directors who partner with JCPC.
Before the application was approved, Commissioner Thad Ussery asked Ingram if the program received any federal funding, which Ingram said it did not.
In other matters, the county board:
• Set a date for a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 proposed budget for Richmond County, which will be the next board meeting on June 3.
• Held a public hearing to consider a preliminary assessment role of four properties located in Rockingham. The county spent funds cleaning and clearing the properties of dilapidated structures, trash and debris. The total cost of clean up was $1,625.
• Heard monthly reports by County Manager Rick Sago and Planning Director James Armstrong.
• Honored a request by Carlton Hawkins for a Memorial Day Proclamation to honor the veterans of Richmond County, and to draw attention to May 25 as the date for ceremonies in recognition of Memorial Day.
• Proclaimed to honor law enforcement officers in recognition of “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and “National Police Week.” Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. spoke on behalf of law enforcement and said, “We appreciate that you take the time to look at what law enforcement does. Every day we are in harm’s way. On behalf of all law enforcement, I can only say thank you for your consideration and the time you dedicate to us.” National Police Week will be celebrated May 13-17, and Peace Officers Memorial Day will be celebrated on May 15.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.