RIDGELAND — The police department here received additional grant monies to the tune of $1,000 for the shipment of equipment recently obtained through Homeland Security.

Police Chief John R. Neal told the city board last Tuesday that he needed their approval to receive additional funding from Homeland Security.




The request added $1,000 to a Homeland security Grant received on Nov. 20, 2018, in the amount of $10,000. The grant covered new Jersey barrier walls and a new trailer for the police department.

Neal said shipping costs were more than the department had originally expected.

“They graciously agreed to give us an additional $1,000 to cover the cost of shipping some of the larger items in our order which came in a little higher than we expected,” Neal said.

City Clerk Paula Tierce said that the item would require a budget amendment, though the only effect on the bottom line of the FY 2019 budget would be the additional $1,000 supplied by the grant amendment.

Acceptance of the funds and the budget amendment were unanimously approved on the consent agenda.

Other police department items unanimously approved by aldermen:

• Approved declaring a totaled 2017 Ford Explorer surplus property to sold or scrapped. Neal said that the vehicle had been declared totaled by their insurance company on Dec. 9. “We have removed our fixed assets from the vehicle and are ready to move forward,” Neal said at last Monday’s work session. It was designated Unit 347.

• Designated TCSWare as a sole source authorized distributor of all L3 Communications Mobile-Vision, Inc. products. Neal said that these would be installed in the interview room in their Criminal Investigation Division.

• Approved a fee waiver period for persons with outstanding arrest warrants for contempt of court charges. The proposed grace period request was made by the Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and Ridgeland City Prosecutors. The approved time frame is from February 19 to March 1 of this year. The request was accompanied by a signed request Ridgeland Municipal Court Judges Harold McCarley and Robert Camp endorsing the grace period. Both charges of contempt of court and the related fines up to $1,000 will be waved for people who come in to pay other fines owed to the court.

• Approved a special event permit for Shucker’s Piano and Oyster Bar’s Annual Crawfish Boil scheduled for March 9, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and March 10, the following Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. They expect between 500 and 700 people. The bar will have onsite security.