Kosciusko County commissioners on Tuesday recognized Zachary Harris for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Pictured (left to right) are Commissioner Brad Jackson, Harris and Commissioners Bob Conley and Cary Groninger. Photo by David Slone, Times Union.

Kosciusko County commissioners approved several grant applications and recognized a young man for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on Tuesday.

Chad Kaltenbach, general manager of the Kosciusko Area Bus Service, told commissioners that he and Cardinal Services Executive Director Matt Boren were ahead of them on Tuesday to apply for their 2023 Department of Transportation grant. Indiana (INDOT) and KABS quarterly demand.

The quarterly claim, Kaltenbach said, is for Jan. 1 through March 31 and is “100% operating assistance and represents $154,740 in federal funds.” No PTMF or public funds to claim.

The commissioners approved the quarterly claim.

“especially as we move from CARES Act funds to changes and back to 100% federal “normal”.

The grant application contains $340,117 in federal funds, which requires a 50% match from state and local source income (LDI), so the state’s share is $135,443.

“So the total is only $680,000, but we have CARES Act funding that will continue through 2023,” Boren said, so about $46,000 will be used in the first quarter. “It will be a 100% federal match, and then it will end and we will go back to the type of 50% match model.”

He said the total operating expenses they projected for KABS for 2023 were approximately $727,000.

Boren asked the commissioners to approve the INDOT grant application, which they did unanimously.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Shane Bucher requested permission to apply for two grants, which the commissioners approved.

The first is a $250,000 COPS hiring grant from the US Department of Justice. This is a federal reimbursement grant.

“This grant allows the Sheriff’s Department to apply for assistance in reducing our costs of adding new deputies to the Sheriff’s Office,” Bucher said.

He said they have asked permission from the wage committee to hire more labor and that the grant, if received, could be a way to help offset the costs on this.

“This grant, if awarded, will cover up to 75% of the entry-level salary and benefits for each approved position for the three-year funding period. The county would be asked to cover a minimum of 25% of the cost of new officers. The maximum amount allowed per officer is $125,000 over a three-year period, and then the county would have to cover the fourth year for that officer,” Bucher explained.

The second application is for a $4,986 Kosciusko REMC Operation Round-Up grant through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. Bucher said the reimbursement grant would be used to purchase two drysuits for the dive team as well as the equipment that goes with the drysuits.

Emergency Management Agency Director Ed Rock has requested approval to apply for a grant of up to $150,000 to the state’s 2022 Homeland Security Program.

“It has to be related to the link to terrorism, I believe that’s the term they’re using, what we can accomplish, especially considering the fact that a lot of that will likely go to cybersecurity. “, said Rock.

This is a repayable grant.

The commissioners unanimously approved the grant application.

The Eagle Scout recognized by the commissioner was Zachary Harris. Commissioner Bob Conley, reading a statement, said, “Becoming an Eagle Scout is an outstanding achievement. This honor demonstrates that you are a hard-working young man with a good character. You should be proud of this achievement. They presented him with a framed certificate for completing all of the requirements.

In other cases, Commissioners:

• Approved the $5,000 grant from the Indiana Cancer Consortium, as requested by County Administrator Marsha McSherry.

• Approval of a quote from D & D Electric for $66,141 for the installation of a capacitor in the Justice Building, as requested by McSherry.

“We have noticed higher than normal usage and increases in our electricity bill in the Justice Building. So I had a company come in and they monitored our usage over a period of time and found that our power charges were quite high. We tracked our bills for this stuff, and over the last year we found we were paying $90,000 in application fees,” she said.

The other quote for installing a capacitor was from The Dillon Group for $149,480.

“What this equipment will do will monitor usage and reduce it,” McSherry said.

Estimated savings a year from now will be around 80%, she said, recommending D&D Electric’s quote. The lead time for equipment from both vendors was approximately nine to 12 weeks.

• Heard program updates from the Purdue Extension Office

• Announcement of the next commissioners’ meeting at 9:00 am on May 24th.