Quorum Court approves additional money for new sheriff's building

Additional funding for the construction of the new sheriff’s office building was approved without dissent by the Jefferson County Quorum Court during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The county’s legislative body added $25,000 that the department had received from a federal program that permits local and state law enforcement agencies to share in money collected during joint operations with federal authorities.

The program permits funds to be used for a variety of things, including the renovation or acquisition of physical space, Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said in a letter to County Judge Dutch King’s office.

With the additional $25,000, the budget for construction increases to $1.742 million.

During committee meetings last week, Public Safety/Emergency Services Committee Chairman Herman Ginger said the additional money is expected to be enough to complete the first phase of the building. That first phase will allow the department’s Criminal Investigation section to move from their present location in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Also Tuesday, a proposed appropriation that will add $99,000 to the county recycling activities budget was approved.

According to a letter to King, Solid Waste/Recycling Committee Chairman Edward Spears and the other justices of the peace, the new funding will primarily be used for equipment, including a new mini-excavator, as the current one is used heavily and requires frequent maintenance.

The additional funds were generated from current recycling activities so no new money was needed for the appropriation.

Added to the monthly agenda late last week was a request from Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods Sr. for $4,300 to pay for recording books, but the county’s legislative body approved an expenditure of only $2,700, saying in a memorandum that was included in the meeting information packet that the approved money was all that was available in the funds the Circuit Clerk wanted to pull the money from.

Ginger, who is also the chairman of the Finance Committee, said Woods would just have to live within his approved 2012 budget.

“Those budgets are not suggestions,” Ginger said.