The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 10, 2013

Grant board tables final funding request

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A board that allocates a share of Jasper County tax funds to local law enforcement agencies on Tuesday agreed to table action on a grant request by Missouri Southern State University.

The police department at MSSU had asked for grant funding from the Law Enforcement Sales Tax Board to buy two police cars and new uniforms.

The panel, which met at the county courthouse, had not acted on the request because the university department had not submitted a budget for the operation — one of the requirements of the grant board.

Board member Jim Woestman said MSSU officials recently relayed to the board a notice that it for the time being had put its “application on the shelf.”

The MSSU department had submitted a request for just over $31,000 to buy two used vehicles and uniforms.

That was the only application in the latest round of funding that was not acted on by the board, which earlier had recommended the allocation of nearly $150,000 to 11 law enforcement agencies in the county.

Members also approved minor changes in the grant application steps, including the timetable and adding a requirement that a department representative be at the meeting to answer potential board questions when grant requests are being considered.

Application forms for next year’s grants will be sent out Dec. 1 and are due back Dec. 31. The board will consider the requests in a meeting set for Feb. 4.

Funding for the grants comes from the county’s quarter-cent law enforcement sales tax that generated more than $4 million last year. Law enforcement agencies in the county are eligible to share 4.3 percent of tax proceeds.

New chairman

KEN WILLIAMS, vice president for investments at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., Joplin, was elected Tuesday as chairman of the Law Enforcement Sales Tax Board. He succeeds Jim Woestman, former Carthage mayor, who has served for the past year. Board members recently were reappointed to the posts by the Jasper County Commission.