FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – During their April 23 work session, Forsyth County Commissioners agreed to release $313,212 of $5 million taken out of the sheriff’s office budget last year. The money will go toward new police cars.
Last year, outgoing Sheriff Ted Paxton removed $5 million from the budget for new Sheriff Duane Piper.
Piper needed the money, which was put into a special public safety fund at the request of commissioners, to use for the purchase of 13 new Dodge Chargers police cars.
The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Todd Levent absent.
The majority of patrol cars used by the sheriff’s office are Ford Crown Victorias.
“They’re actually the preferred model, but they don’t make Crown Vics anymore,” Piper told the commissioners, adding that the sheriff’s office is planning to refurbish many of its patrol cars.
“We’re not done with the Crown Vic refurbishment yet. We’re going to do that with every one of them,” he said.
Commissioners also voted to approve the sheriff’s office request to apply for the U.S. Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2013-14 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.
The grant is not to exceed $41,760 and will require a match from the county in the same amount.
In other business, commissioners unanimously approved:
- A budget resolution to increase the fund balance for the Information Systems and Technology Department by $76,000 to expand and upgrade the data storage system.
- The annual lease agreement between Forsyth County and the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services for office space at 426 Canton Highway in the amount of $94,500 annually.
- A Water Department request for authorization to enter into an agreement with Byotronics, Inc. for their DigTrack.com One Call Ticket Management System in an amount not to exceed $4,200.
- A request by the Purchasing Department to transfer the pricing agreement for the purchase of aggregate from LaFarge Aggregate to Bluegrass Materials Company, LLC in an amount not to exceed $93,600.
- A request by the Purchasing Department to accept the bid of QT Contracting, Inc. DBA Powers Heating and Air to replace the HVAC system at Sharon Forks Library in an amount of $53,402. The amount is over the budgeted amount of $52,500 with the balance to come from the library fund.
- A request by the Purchasing Department to accept the bid of Wolverton and Associates for engineering services for the Brookwood/Caney Road Sidewalk project in the amount of $49,860, a SPLOST VI project.
- A right-of-way easement with Sawnee Electric for Fire Station No. 3.
- The addition of Operation 21 to the list of recognized training providers for the alcohol ordinance.
- A motion to begin advertisement for a public hearing to change to the alcohol code to authorize microbreweries in the county.
- Review and approval of the Lake Allatoona-Upper Etowah River Watershed Protection Plan.
<i>This article was published in the Forsyth Herald May 2, 2013 edition<i/>