County approves local revenue sharing grant requests

MANISTEE COUNTY — The Manistee County Board of Commissioners approved the submission of four public safety grant requests to the Local Revenue Sharing Board for its 2018 Cycle I grant awards.

Prior to approval, the applications were reviewed by commissioners at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Manistee

The county’s four grant requests, which total $58,635, are as follows:

• TruNarc Narcotics Analyser for the State, Sheriffs, Chiefs Enforcement Narcotics Team (SSCENT): $21,900

The TruNarc Narcotics Analyzer is a handheld system for rapid identification of suspected narcotics without direct contact for most samples, according to county officials. TruNarc easily identifies narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens and analgesics using lab proven Raman spectroscopy. The instrument is able to analyze key drugs of abuse as well as common cutting agents and precursors.

Once a substance is analyzed, full results are automatically stored for reporting and evidence. Rapid results combined with automated reports can streamline the path to prosecution, which may result in the arrest of those who distribute controlled substances much quicker. It was said that members of all area law enforcement, medical personnel and first responders, will benefit from having this tool available in their service area.

• Courthouse fingerprint machine for the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office: $14,495

The fingerprint machine would be located at the Manistee County Courthouse and Government Center, located at 415 Third St. in Manistee.

The equipment being requested is ID Network’s Criminal Desktop Palmprint Live Scan System, which includes live scan software, TP5300 Palmprint Scanner, Win10 Desktop Computer and remote installation and training. County officials listed their reasoning behind stationing the potential new equipment at the government center instead of the Manistee County Jail:

• Jail security: Fingerprinting for concealed pistol licenses is currently provided to civilians at the jail, making it vulnerable for weapons and drugs to get smuggled into the facility;

• Time: Courts are sending numerous subjects to the Manistee County Jail to get fingerprinted during the daytime hours. This is an additional burden put onto jail staff. The jail staff are required to monitor the entire facility to keep the inmates safe and secure.

• Health: Civilians entering the jail facility with colds, flu and other sicknesses.

• Replacement SCBA Equipment for the Manistee Blacker Airport Authority: $12,240

The request is for partial funding for the purchase of two sets of SCBA equipment to replace equipment that is nearing its end of its useful life.

The equipment was originally purchased using a federal grant when the airport was first required to have on-site firefighting capability. The total budget for the project is $13,600, with $1,360 being funded by the applicant.

• Asbestos remediation and flooring replacement for the Manistee County Library: $10,000

This request is for the partial funding for updates to the library’s main branch — 95 Maple St. in Manistee — by replacing tiles in the stairways and possible asbestos removal.

The existing floor tiles in the stairways and landings would be removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor specializing in asbestos remediation. New floor covering would be installed in the First Street/back entrance level, elevator, steps from the street level down to the basement, up to the main level and landings at the main level and the remainder of the southeast stairwell, basement and mezzanine hallways and front lobby on the main level.

The total budget for the project is $24,000 with $14,000 being funded by the applicant.

Under the gaming compact and amendment between the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the State of Michigan, the Local Revenue Sharing Board receives 2 percent of electronic gaming profits from the Little River Casino Resort.

Each cycle (there are two per year), the revenue sharing board is required to distribute at least 12.5 percent of that amount through public safety grants to various governmental bodies in the county.

At its Cycle II awards meeting, held each December, the board meets its payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) obligations, which go to local government entities as compensation for the taxes they would receive if the Little River Casino Resort were not a Class III gaming facility.

The three-member revenue sharing board is made up of representatives from Manistee County (Brook Shafer), the City of Manistee (Roger Zielinski) and Manistee Township (Dennis Bjorkquist). In order to be approved, grant requests must receive a unanimous 3-0 vote from the board.

Manistee County’s controller/administrator David Kieft told the board Tuesday that the revenue sharing board has received 22 public safety grants, totaling nearly $240,300, for Cycle I.

The Local Revenue Sharing Board is scheduled to meet on April 9 to hear verbal presentations from grant applicants, while grants are slated to be distributed at its Cycle I awards meeting on June 11. Both meetings are open to the public, each starting at 5 p.m. at the Manistee Township Hall, located at 410 Holden St. in Manistee.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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