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12. B. 3.
Secondary Road Patrol Grant Application
Rick Redman, Sheriff Department Finance, Sheriff's Department
Be it be Resolved, that the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the Secondary Road Patrol and Traffic Accident Prevention Program application as presented.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office recommends approval of the Secondary Road Patrol grant as presented.
Calhoun County has participated in the Secondary Road Patrol grant since 1978 and currently has two deputies assigned. This is the annual application and not a request for new funding or personnel.
The Sheriff's Office is the primary agency responsible for providing certain services on the county primary roads and local roads outside the boundaries of cities and villages. Sheriff's Office also provides these services on any portion of any other highway or road within the boundaries of a county park.
Services to Be Provided:
• Patrolling and monitoring traffic violations.
• Enforcing the criminal laws of this state, violations of which are observed by or brought to the attention of the Office of the Sheriff while providing the services required by the Act.
• Investigating accidents involving motor vehicles.
• Providing emergency assistance to persons on or near a highway or road patrolled as required by the Act.
The sheriff can provide these services on secondary roads within a city or village if the legislative body of the local unit of government passes a resolution requesting the services.
How Funds Can Be Spent:
The county is required to enter into a contractual arrangement with OHSP in order to receive funds. Funds can be spent as follows:
• Employing additional personnel
• Purchasing additional equipment
• Enforcing laws in state and county parks
• Providing selective motor vehicle inspection programs
• Providing traffic safety information and education programs that are in addition to those provided before the effective date of the Act, October 1, 1978
Maintenance of Effort (MOE):
SRP funds are mandated to supplement secondary road patrol efforts by the county, not to supplant, or replace county funding. The county is ineligible for SRP funding if they reduce the level of County-Funded Road Patrol (CFRP) deputies unless they can prove economic hardship and are forced to reduce general services commensurate with the reduction in road patrol. "An agreement entered into under this section shall be void if the county reduces its expenditures or level of road patrol below that which the county was expending or providing immediately before October 1, 1978, unless the county is required to reduce general services because of economic conditions and is not merely reducing law enforcement services" (Section 51.77(1)). This provision is known as the "Maintenance of Effort," or MOE. The county is required to report the number of deputies they have at the beginning of each funding year. These figures are compared with those reported for October 1, 1978. If the county has fewer county supported deputies, they must either replace the personnel or prove economic hardship in order to receive SRP funds. If reductions become necessary, the county is required to report this to OHSP who will determine if the reduction meets the requirements of the Act. Calhoun County’s MOE is 17 deputies.
The total state allocation has been reduced to $102,196. The difference between the 2021 estimated expenses and state funding will need to be addressed during the county budget process. There is not a grant match to accept funding.
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