Attachment A

 

Appropriation 2004046                                                                                                                         $ 25,679.00

The Emergency Communications Center has been awarded a Homeland Security grant in the amount of $20,679.00 to update the Emergency Operations Plan, purchase equipment towards exercising the plan, and funding of costs associated with testing the plan.  There is no local match.

 

The Emergency Communications Center Management Board approved the transfer of $5,000.00 from the ECC Fund Balance to cover the cost of paying an insurance deductible incurred as a result of completed litigation.

 

 

Appropriation #2004047                                                                                                                      $ 89,024.14

Woodbrook Elementary School received a donation in the amount of $500.00 from Sarah and John Lloyd.   This donation will be used by the School Community Group to fund activities for the students at Woodbrook Elementary School.

 

Western Albemarle High School and the Warrior Club received donations in the amount of $1,750.00.  Donna and Phillip Pfeifer donated $1,000.00, Friends donated $500.00, and Mary Hotchkiss Leavell donated $250.00.  These donations  will be used to purchase weight room equipment for the new Weight/Wellness Room that is being constructed at the school.

 

The 2002 General Assembly appropriated funds to support the Teacher Mentor Program for participating school divisions.  Albemarle County Public Schools received $7,432.04 from the State for FY03/04.  In addition, there is a local fund balance in the amount of $511.87 from FY02/03 and may be re-appropriated for FY03/04.

 

Albemarle County Public Schools received a grant award in FY02/03 from the Virginia Department of Health's Center for Disease Control.  The Bicycle Education Grant funds gave students an opportunity to increase school and community bike safety awareness and promote lifetime fitness with the purchase of bicycles and safety equipment.  This grant has a local fund balance in the amount of $505.00 from FY02/03.  It is requested that this fund balance be re-appropriated for FY03/04.

 

Virginia Department of Education awarded the Reading Excellence Act Grant to Yancey Elementary School in FY01/02 and FY02/03.  This grant has a local fund balance in the amount of $486.64 from FY01/02.  It is requested that this fund balance be re-appropriated for FY03/04.

 

The Partnership in Character Education Grant was not fully expended in FY02/03.  The grant carryover amount of $25,231.52 was retained by the State and may be appropriated for FY03/04.  There is also a fund balance in the amount of $12,926.97.  These funds will support the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of comprehensive K-12 character education programs.  In addition, Albemarle County Public Schools will act as fiscal agent for Special Projects Staff Development Character Education Grant carryover in the amount of $26,713.07 as defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

 

Various Miscellaneous Grants have an unexpended fund balance totaling $12,967.03 from FY02/03.  Holders of these grants have been encouraged to expend these small balances.  It is requested the fund balance from these miscellaneous grants be re-appropriated for FY03/04.

 

Appropriation #2004048                                                                                                                      $ 49,675.00

The Department of Justice has awarded the Albemarle County Police Department a grant in the amount of $49,675.00 in federal funding to assist in the development of our mobile data system.  Specifically, this grant will purchase 10 mobile data computers (MDC’s).  The MDC’s will increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and privacy of communications between the Emergency Communications Center and police officers.  Their use will allow the officers to run their own vehicle license checks, driver’s license checks, and State/NCIC wanted checks.  Increased efficiency and effectiveness should improve public safety and the local quality of life.  With more discretionary time along with more knowledge and information immediately available to the officer, he or she can answer questions, research problems, and/or plan a solution right then and there with the concerned citizen(s).  There is no local match associated with this grant.

 

Appropriation #2004049                                                                                                                       $ 99,350.00

The Department of Justice has awarded the Albemarle County Police Department a grant in the amount of $99,350.00 in federal funding to purchase 20 in-car DVD cameras, designed for use by police officers.  In-car camera systems will assist law enforcement in many vital areas.  A few important areas the DVD cameras will be of use include:  to record and track initial violation/reason for stop, record suspect behavior, document incident activity (e.g. DUI tests), increase the safety of the officers, increase likelihood of successful prosecution, and decrease frivolous complaints.

 

Another important note concerning DVD versus VHS is timesaving.  A DVD can be duplicated in a matter of seconds, while a VHS is re-recorded in real time.  Currently original VHS tapes must leave the evidence storage area for court.  The fact that an officer has the original allows for an argument of tape manipulation.  In using a back-up DVD, all originals will remain in the evidence storage area.

 

There is no local match associated with this grant.

 

Appropriation #2004050                                                                                                                       $ 48,623.00

As of November 2003, the County of Albemarle had a total of 2,625 children enrolled in the Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, and the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) Program.  Unfortunately it is not enough to enroll the child the first time.  A high number of children drop off the programs each month even though many of them are still eligible.  Too many families do not understand or do not take action to maintain their child’s coverage in the appropriate timeframe.  Instead, either the child unnecessarily goes without coverage, and perhaps medical care, and/or the family or agency staff must start all over to determine eligibility at a later date.  This process is not good for the child and is administratively inefficient to our agency.

 

The County of Albemarle Department of Social Services (DSS) applied for and received a grant, in the amount of $48,623.00, from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to develop and test innovative, cost-effective strategies to increase the retention of eligible children in FAMIS Plus (Medicaid Expansion and Medically Indigent Medicaid), to improve the transition of eligible children between FAMIS Plus and FAMIS, and to increase enrollment of eligible children in the appropriate program.  The Department has agreed to carry out such as activities as (but not limited to):  hiring a bilingual eligibility worker and/or secure language interpreter services dedicated to the project; building a relationship with enrolled families through phone calls, home visits and written communication; providing at least 3 contacts from project or agency staff between enrollment and re-enrollment; developing new and revised letters and brochures, among others.

 

There is no local match.

 

Appropriation #2004052                                                                                                                       $ 27,700.00

Western Albemarle High School and the Warrior Club received donations in the amount of $300.00.  Ragged Mountain Running Shop donated $100.00, Mary Robinson donated $25.00, Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni donated $50.00, Michael and Doreen Satterwhite donated $25.00, Kevin Kollar and Jean Quigley donated $75.00, and Nancy Takahashi donated $25.00. These donations will be used to purchase weight room equipment for the new Weight/Wellness Room that is being constructed at the school.

 

Murray Elementary School received a donation in the amount of $500.00 from R.T. Spurzem.  This donation will be used to purchase miscellaneous supplies for classroom use. 

 

Cale Elementary School received anonymous donations in the amount of $450.00.  These donations will be used to fund activities for the second graders at Cale Elementary School.

 

The National Association for Gifted Children awarded Dr. Kevin Castner a $1,000.00 administrative award.  Dr. Castner  has donated this award money to the Albemarle County Schools Gifted Program for the purpose of supporting participation by students from under-represented populations in activities that increase access to academic programs.

 

Albemarle County Public Schools received a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 from The Virginia School Boards Association.  This donation is in support of the NRA lawsuit.

 

The Points of Light Foundation has awarded Red Hill Elementary School $200.00 to support the Kids Care Club and their participation in the Habitat for Humanity Project.

 

The Frederick S. Upton Foundation made a matching grant donation in the amount of $1,000.00 to Henley Middle School.  This donation will support Henley's Cultural Enrichment Program in funding three artists-in-residences programs:  Sculpture, Writer, and Dramatic Interpretation.  The projects will involve interactive activities to include hands on learning experiences for students with performing, visual and musical arts.

 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts awarded Murray Elementary School a Touring Assistance Grant in the amount of $250.00.  This grant will help fund an assembly in which the presenter will teach and perform Indian Classical Dance.

 

State Farm Insurance Company awarded Agnor Hurt Elementary School a grant in the amount of $23,000.00.  This grant will fund the Mobile Classroom Project, The Do Drop In Bus.  This is an Albemarle County School bus equipped as if it were a classroom.  The goal of the program is to improve the academic performance of students through extending the time available to learn.

 

Appropriation #2004053                                                                                                                         $ 5,000.00

Albemarle County is a rapidly developing area.  Part of this development is bicycle activity.  Several hundred miles of the County is designated as “Share the Road” with bicyclists.  There is a planned network of roads with bike lanes throughout the County.  In addition to the actual accidents and injuries, the County is experiencing a growing number of complaints about motorists and bicyclists not abiding by the laws of the road.

 

In an effort to increase public safety awareness and to increase coverage at large “non vehicle” friendly events, the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has awarded Albemarle County a grant in the amount of $5,000.00 to purchase bicycles and uniforms for officers.  There is no local match.

 

Appropriation #2004054                                                                                                                         $ 3,600.00

In 2002, Albemarle County had a record number of crashes.  There were 37 very serious vehicle crashes resulting in a total of 22 fatalities.  This number was a 144% increase over the 9 fatalities in 2001.  Speeding was a primary cause in almost all of these accidents.

 

In an effort to increase our efforts at combating this deadly speeding problem, the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has approved a grant for Albemarle County in the amount of $5,000.00 to purchase two radar units.  These radar units will be distributed to patrol shift officers so that they may have the most up-to-date equipment available for effectively measuring and prosecuting violators.  There is no local match.

 

Appropriation #2004055                                                                                                                        $ 3,000.00

The busiest time for major shopping in the County occurs during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season.  December tends to have the highest frequency of traffic accidents, shopping thefts, partying, and socializing.  DUI’s are at their highest level during this season also.  The Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has awarded the Police Department a $3,000.00 grant to support hours of traffic safety overtime activities as part of the larger efforts of Operation Safe Holiday.  There is no local match.

 

Appropriation #2004056                                                                                                                        $ 4,500.00

During 2002, the Albemarle County Accident Reconstruction team investigated over 37 very serious motor vehicle crashes.  These crashes resulted in a total of 22 fatalities.  This number was a 144% increase over the 9 fatalities in 2001. So far in 2003, we have investigated 5 serious crashes that have resulted in 3 fatalities.  In many of these cases we were unable to determine what the speeds of the vehicles involved were because of lack of physical evidence at the scene.

 

In an effort to remain current with available technology, DMV has granted the Police Department a grant in the amount of $4,500.00 to assist in the purchase of a Crash Data Recovery System.  This laptop computer and software will enable the Police Department to tell a vehicle’s speed prior to impact, driver braking activity, air bag deployment data, seatbelt use, and more.  There is no local match.

 

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