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Sheriff to seek grant for bulletproof vests; radios deemed salvage


Clay County Commissioners approved a request by Sheriff Kenny Lemons to seek a grant for the purchase of bulletproof vests during Monday’s regular meeting.

Called the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, the $3,700 grant is offered through the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a 50-50 grant, requiring Clay County to pay 50 percent of the cost, an amount of $1,850.

If the CCSO is awarded the grant, the department should be able to purchase four vests, said Lemons. The warranty on bulletproof vests expires after five years, at which time vests require replacement.

Commissioners also deemed seven portable radios as salvage, as requested by Lemons, and ordered that they be destroyed. The radios are obsolete because they are not compatible with digital narrow-band requirements that when into effect Jan. 1.

Commissioners approved a request from County Clerk Sasha Kelton to accept the donation of a computer and computer monitor from Tyler Technologies, the company that provides records management software for the clerk’s office. The donation allows the office to set a second public terminal for searching records.

Commissioners took no action on a proposed revision to an interlocal agreement between Clay County and Nortex Regional Planning Commission. The revision would have allowed Nortex to mine Clay County’s 911 database for phone numbers for its I-Info program, a system that notifies residents of area emergencies.

When I-Info was first pitched to commissioners, the county agreed to accept the program on the basis that anyone who wanted to opt out could do so by not signing up.

Commissioners also chose not to participate in a worker’s compensation alliance offered by the Texas Association of Counties. County Treasurer Debra Alexander said that the alliance would save the county $386 per year, but the nearest doctors accepting  worker’s comp claims through the alliance were located in Denton and Fort Worth.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Approved Alexander to continue as the county’s investment office
  • Adopted he investment policy for Clay County, effective Jan. 14, with little change.
  • Took no action on a possible burn ban
  • Approved all bills relating to Clay County Memorial Hospital

The next regular meeting of commissioners is at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28.



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