Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley announced last week that the Grayson County Detention Center was recently awarded a $30,000 Homeland Security grant.
Woosley made the announcement during the Friday, Jan. 15 Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting, during which he said the grant was used to purchase new hand-held radios for the detention center, as well as Grayson County’s fire departments.
With the $30,000 reimbursement grant, the Grayson County Detention Center purchased 20 new, high-end Motorola radios for the jail and two new radios for each of the local fire departments, with the exception of the Leitchfield Fire Department.
Woosley said all of the radios have already been presented to the local fire departments, with the exception of the Falls of Rough Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), which is on a different radio frequency than was programmed into the radios.
Woosley said he will likely give two of the detention center’s new radios to the Falls of Rough VFD since the jail and the department employ the same radio frequency.
To make up for this, two of the other new radios are being sent back to be reprogrammed to the detention center’s frequency, which is estimated to take about two or three weeks.
Then, all that remains is sending the receipts to Frankfort so that the jail may be reimbursed for the purchase.
In total, the detention center spent $32,000 on the 30 radios, according to Woosley. The detention center originally requested $34,000 in grant funds to purchase new radios, but received $30,000.
Woosley said the Grayson County Detention Center typically buys a number of new radios every few years, and the Motorolas are expected to last several years.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.