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Police to Receive 15 Tasers With Grant

HUNTINGDON

Police to Receive 15 Tasers With Grant

Courtesy Carroll County News-Leader

HUNTINGDON (April 5) — The Huntingdon Police Department will soon receive 15 Tasers.

Huntingdon Town Council members authorized the purchase at the April 5 meeting.

“This expense will be reimbursed 100 percent through a Department of Justice grant with no local match required,” Mayor Dale Kelley told council members. “The total grant amount is for $15,000.

The mayor explained the name of the company from which the Tasers (Thomas A. Smith’s Electric Rifle) will be purchased is also named “Taser.”

“There are no other outside distributors or suppliers,” said the mayor. “The replacement Tasers are a model that will work with the present supply of power magazines we currently have so this is a sole source purchase.”

The town will enter into a contract for administrative services with Community Development Partners for the Safe Routes to School Grant, Phase II and also the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and USDA Water Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency improvements Project.

The 2016 grant amount for the Safe Routes to School was $228,900 and is costing the town $9,000 for the administrative services. The 2016 project will be completed along with the 2015 Safe Routes to School Grant. The route will be from the middle school down the nearby Clark Street.

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant amount is for $169,000 with the administrative cost of $15,000 to be paid by the town. It is for energy efficiency improvements at the water plant.

In other business, council members:

• Appointed Barry Murphy to serve on the Huntingdon Industrial Board with the term expiring on August 4, 2018. He will succeed James Neely who requested to be removed from the board because of health reasons.

• Granted a request from First Baptist Church to use of both fields at Edwards Park for Summer Church League Softball on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in June and July.

• Granted permission for the employees of the new business Colorworks Salon and Nail Studio to use the lot next to City Hall for a Relay For Life fund-raising event ”Cut for a Cure.” The event is May 20 and proceeds go to help cancer patients.

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