Jul 112014

By Tammy Gray

Three criminal justice grants and an early childhood grant were accepted by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

A $241,425 grant from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission will be used to fund the county’s Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT). The money will be used to pay the salary for one deputy and four police officers, including one each from Holbrook, Winslow, Snowflake-Taylor and Pinetop-Lakeside. The county must provide a matching contribution to the grant in the amount of $60,356.

The commission also awarded the county a $91,610 grant for victim services. The majority of the grant money, $80,830, will go directly to victims of crime in the form of compensation for medical bills, and other expenses and losses related to the crime. The remaining $10,780 will be used to cover administrative costs, which include outreach activities.

Another grant accepted by the board will also be used to provide victim services. The $67,676 grant was awarded by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). The funds will pay a portion of the salaries of the county’s victim advocates. A grant letter notes, “Advocates provide crisis intervention services, follow-up counseling, assistance in dealing with other social services and criminal justice agencies, court-related services and compensation/restitution services.” The grant requires a $16,919 match.

The only grant accepted on Tuesday that is unrelated to criminal justice was a $60,000 First Things First grant. The money will be used to promote early literacy through the county’s library district. As part of the grant project, a total of 80 early reading workshops will be held over the course of the fiscal year, and an estimated 4,000 books will be distributed. The program is targeted to children 5 years old and younger. No matching funds are required for the grant.

In other action July 8, the board:

* Approved a change order for the public works complex construction project.

Assistant County Manager Homero Vela explained that the change increases the scope of the work and shifts the responsibility for utility infrastructure from the county to the contractor, Haydon Building Corporation.

* Approved an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project at the Snowflake Academy Building. The amendment will allow remaining funds to be used to install gutters and a new door.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the county complex in Holbrook.