The Delta Record | The Commission receives offers for the COPS grant

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission met at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex on Thursday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Bids have been received for the COPS grant, for a transportation monitoring project for Upshur County school facilities and buses.

The office of the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) offers a competitive rewards program known as the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) which funds K-12 schools to improve their safety. The COPS office is associated with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the United States Department of Justice.

According to raptortech.com, “The SVPP provides funding directly to units of local governments, including school districts, independent school districts, public school boards, and police departments. The program will provide up to 75% of funding to K-12 schools to implement school safety technology that helps with things like coordination with and expedited notification to law enforcement Each award is for three years and each recipient can receive up to to $500,000.Recipients are required to complete a comprehensive school safety assessment during the grant award period for each school involved in the project.Recipients are also required to make a local contribution of at least 25% to the project.”

The idea of ​​the COPS grant had already been mentioned this year at Upshur County School Board meetings and previously on the agenda of the Upshur County Commission. The problem was that to receive COPS grant funding, he had to go through a local government agency. That said, the Upshur County School Board and the Upshur County Commission have worked together to make this a reality for the Upshur County area.

As many know, recent school shootings, including the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, have been troubling and the goals of this program will contribute to overall school safety efforts. Raptortech.com expanded on additional program goals, including: “One: Information sharing between local law enforcement, first responders, and schools; Two: alert and crisis notification times to law enforcement for better response times; and Three: identification of danger and emergencies. »

Additionally, raptortech.com noted the application process which is as follows: “First, schools must complete the standard federal aid application form on the Grants.gov website by the deadline. The other components of the application are completed on the JustGrants system (justicegrants.usdoj.gov).

The application includes a proposal, a budget worksheet and other required documents. Each candidate must also answer a series of questions, including, but not limited to:

• How do you intend to use these funds?

• How will implementing this software impact your school safety program?

• What is your current school safety infrastructure and incident rate?

• Why do you need these funds to solve your school safety problems?

Applications will first be scored using the following weighting methodology:

• Program impact: 25%

• Need to improve security: 50%

• Need for federal assistance: 25%

The COPS office will also consider your location, the presence of a crisis in your area, and the demonstrated need for improved security. Schools with high rates of violence, particularly gun violence and firearm-related incidents on school grounds, receive priority attention.

Applicants who move on to the next round will be assessed on their:

• School safety planning and evaluation efforts

• Application for financing and integration

• Management and implementation plan Sustainability plan

According to Upshur County Administrator Tabatha Perry, the school board committee will review the project and contract award is scheduled for Thursday, June 16. Perry also provided additional information on the bids, which included a bid for the Micrologic facilities project. , Inc. for a total of $18,310.00. The bus project received two bids with IVS, Inc dba AngelTrax with a total of $67,835.92 and Surveillance 247, LLC with a total of $71,630.00. With these numbers in mind, the grant would total $80,639.00, or 75% of the total cost, leaving the 25% match at a total of $26,879.00.

Upshur County Director of Safety and Emergency Preparedness Matthew Sisk was contacted for further details and information, but was unable to comment before time. of the press.

Additional items that have been approved by the Upshur County Commission are as follows; Approval and signing of the Upshur County Flood Control Dam and Channel Maintenance Funding Agreement in the amount of $4,000. Annual contributions will be used for the operation and maintenance of the Peck’s Run watershed; Approval of revised “requests for bids” and minimum vehicle specifications for a new half-ton truck for the Lewis-Upshur Community Corrections Program. Sealed proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 29, 2022 at the Administrative Annex located at 91 West Main Street, Suite 101. Proposals received by the deadline will be publicly opened, reviewed and read aloud by the committee at 9:3 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022; Correspondence from Jonathan Roby, President of the Upshur County Fire Association, requesting the appointment of Steve Linger to the Upshur County Fire Board as the Fire Service Representative. Upon approval, his term will take effect immediately and expire on June 30, 2023; Correspondence from Virgil D. Miller, Sheriff of Upshur County, requesting the employment of Danny C. Sears as a part-time Court Security Supervisor, effective June 6, 2022; and correspondence from Kimbra L. Wachob, Deputy Director of the Upshur County Emergency Communications Center, requesting the employment of Sarah Davison as a telecommunication worker, effective June 6, 2022.

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