At Monday’s Adairville city council meeting, city clerk Sharon Head announced that the city fire department would be getting 10 new emergency radios and pagers thanks to a $10,000 grant secured from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
Head and mayor Jim Wilkerson went to Frankfort last week to pick up the money.
“When Jim and I were first talking about it, I said ‘Let’s just ask for 10, because we probably won’t get 15,’” Head said. “But we decided to go ahead and ask for the 15 and we wound up not getting the whole amount, but it was enough to get 10. So it worked out really well.”
About half the agencies that applied for funds through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security were turned down.
“The speaker said that if you’re here, you should be proud,” Head said. “Because there were about 211 applications and only 109 of them were granted.”
And of the 109 grants handed out through Homeland Security, most of them were not for the entire amount requested.
“The showed us how much their office has been cut since 2004,” Head said. “They showed us how much the got in 2004 and it was something like $23 million and then they showed us how much they got in 2012 and it was about $2 million. It was a huge difference.”
Wilkerson said the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security representative said that funding for 2013 could be even less.
“That well is absolutely dry,” Wilkerson said.
“They are really worried about next year,” Head said. “So I am glad that we got it when we did.”
Also at Monday’s meeting:
- Wilkerson reported that the windows and door panes that had been vandalized at the city water plant had been repaired. He also reported that the picnic tables in the community park had been repaired and painted.
- The city decided to send a food basket to the teachers and staff of the Adairville School following the death of principal Paul Sansom. “I think it’s good just to show them that we’re thinking about them,” said council member Art Violette, who came up with the idea.
The city council voted to give the city employees a Christmas bonus.