Ad Spot

June 24, 2021

Granite Quarry proposes altering joint police agreement with Faith

GRANITE QUARRY – The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen wants to make a change to its joint police authority agreement with Faith.

The clause in question rolls over any funds not spent by the Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority into its line item for vehicles at the end of each fiscal year.

That part of the agreement was a controversial point in July 2020. Alderman Doug Shelton brought up the issue at the meeting at the time, noting the agency had a $100,000 rollover from the previous year that had to be used for vehicles. The police authority would normally end the year with about $20,000 left over.

The amount was an anomaly because the department had funding allocated for open positions it was not able to hire. Chief Mark Cook used the funding, with authorization from the board, to purchase new patrol vehicles for the department

Town Manager Larry Smith said the rollover, technically a reappropriation, can give the department a budget that looks inflated year-to-year because it would show funds the department already had from the previous year.

“Instead of being a realistic picture it becomes inflated automatically. This would make that go away,” Smith said, adding that removing this part of the agreement would be more efficient from a budgeting standpoint.

The change would require Faith’s Board of Aldermen to agree to the change as well. The Granite Quarry board conferred with administration last week on whether it needed a consensus or a vote to advance the issue after Shelton raised the issue and agreed to vote on a motion.

The vote was unanimous, and Smith sent a message to Faith the same day requesting action on the issue. Smith said he plans to have the change back on the agenda after Faith makes a decision.

The authority was established in 2007 after the passage of a state House bill that authorized creating a separate entity for the joint authority. However, Smith told the board a separate entity was never established from the town’s department. Smith said this is a good thing because the only reason for creating a separate authority would be to have a separate building or charge rent.

The current agreement outlines Faith contracting with Granite Quarry for law enforcement services.

Comments

Business

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College unveils tenants, training partners at Advanced Technology Center

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with drug, assault crimes

Local

City of Salisbury to resume normal operations, return to in-person council meetings

Local

Dreams of flight become reality at ASCEND summer camp

Local

Base salary for SPD officers increases to nearly $42,000 next week

News

‘He loved people:’ Larry Ford leaves behind legacy of legal achievement, community service

Local

Statewide pickleball tournament at Catawba College in September expected to draw hundreds of visitors

Local

Resources still available for those dealing with lingering impacts of pandemic

Education

Shoutouts: Misenheimer completes master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College

Education

State expands Principal of the Year to charter schools

High School

All-county baseball team: Norris Award winner Honeycutt made the most of a dozen games

Education

Partners in learning raises $3.2 million for new facility

Education

Tar Heel Boys State creates miniature government at Catawba College

News

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

News

N. Carolina bill ending extra $300 benefits heads to Cooper

Coronavirus

New COVID-19 positives in Rowan at lowest point since start of pandemic

Education

Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park

Coronavirus

Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat

Business

Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities

Sports

Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick

Crime

Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan

News

Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions