County accepts grants

By Greg Gelpi

Safety against drunken motorists and terrorist activity in Clayton County received funding through large state grants Tuesday.

In a whirlwind of decisions, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners accepted a flurry of state and federal grants totaling $2,087,138.11 at its regular meeting.

The largest of these grants is to be used for the county's homeland security.

The nearly $1 million in three separate grants from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency will fund a list of requested items, which includes a specialized bomb response vehicle, mobile communications station and other communications, emergency preparedness and law enforcement items.

The county also approved a $118,500 grant from the Governor's Office on Highway Safety. The Highway Enforcement Against Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) grant, a grant the county has received before, will fund a variety of programs to reduce the number of traffic accidents on the major roadways within the county.

Included in the proposed use of the HEAT funds are 10 sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints and 20 driving under the influence stops a month during the coming year.

A majority of the money ($87,000) will pay law enforcement personnel to carry out the planned activities of the grant money.

Last year's HEAT grant helped reduce alcohol-related accidents by 22.3 percent and reduced total accidents by 4.9 percent.

In other business, the board of commissioners rejected a request to move a house from Covington to Riverdale, expressing concern that the property would one day be used as a rental unit.

The board also deferred appointing someone to fill the unexpired term of Miriam Worsham on the county's library board.

Ms. Worsham, a long-time educator, died Sunday. She was 75.