Commissioners approve $1.9 million for new maintenance facility

Sheriff’s Office receives grant for body cameras, equipment

By Kevin Spradlin

ROCKINGHAM — A consolidated maintenance facility at the Richmond County landfill will maximize efficiencies and allow for additional cost savings, officials believe.

county_logoSo it made perfect sense to approve on Monday a resolution to support an application for $1.6 million to the Local Government Commission. Adam Parker and Brian Crawford, of the law firm of Sanford Holshouser, appeared before the county commissioners at their regularly scheduled public meeting briefed county officials on the timeline and modified cost. The resolution allows the lawyers to take the plan for the project to the Local Government Commission approval in February.

The landfill is located at 191 Walter Kelly Road, between Cartledge Creek Road and U.S. Route 220 off of Dockery Road.

Though the documents said $1.6 million, the cost will be closer to $1.9 million, the attorneys said. The additional cost includes legal and engineering fees. As soon as Tuesday, the attorneys will distribute requests for proposals and take 10 days to receive proposals from interested companies.

There was a public hearing attached to the presentation, but no one spoke in favor or against the project.

The proposed financing, at an expected 3.5 percent (estimated), would be secured by a lien on the maintenance facility and its associated land as well as the county’s promise to repay the financing. There would be no recourse against the county or its property — other than the planned facility and the land on which it would sit — if there were a default on the financing.

County officials indicated they don’t expect any tax increases because of the cost of this facility. Instead, the debt service is to be paid within current resources from general fund revenues.

Commissioners approve $14,080 grant to Sheriff’s Office

Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. said he planned to spent the bulk of a $14,080 federal grant for body cameras for sheriff’s deputies and other equipment, including protective vests.

The commissioners approved receipt of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant through the U.S. Department of Justice. It requires no county match.

After the meeting, Clemmons said his department does not yet have a written policy for use of the body camera. Generally, though, the cameras won’t be recording all the time. They would, he said, be used at the discretion of the deputy should anything appear out of the ordinary or if a situation were to escalate.

Both the deputy and the subject should act as if the camera is on at all times, Clemmons said. The cameras will help protect both the deputies and the residents they serve. Clemmons said he wants to know if a deputy does something wrong. If such an occurrence takes place, “I’ll deal with it swiftly.”

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