Sheriff, RMA and fire station receive grants from Indian gaming

By C.J. Barbre

At the June 28 Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting, deputy county administrator David Bryant requested the supervisors approve funding from Tule River Indian gaming in the amount of $366,494, for local government mitigation costs.

Last year the board of supervisors created the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee pursuant to SB 521, including two county representatives, three mutually selected members and two Tule River tribal representatives. The committee is responsible for developing application policies and procedures for the distribution of grant funding; assessing the applications; and setting reimbursements for county administrative costs.

All grant applications must first receive a sponsorship letter from the Tule River Indian Tribal Council. The tribal council decided to sponsor three applicants including $100,000 to complete construction of a communications tower within the Tule River Indian Reservation to enhance public safety. The Resource Management Agency was awarded $96,404 for road maintenance on Reservation Road and County Fire was awarded $170,000 to augment staffing and provide telecommunications and computer improvements at the Springville Fire Station. Matching funds are not a requirement.

"It's appropriate to thank the Tule River Tribal Council; it's all for public safety," said District 5 Supervisor Jim Maples.

Bryant thanked Maples for serving on the committee. "It's a fairly complex process. You helped sort out funding priorities," he said.

Government Code Section 12718 provides that the authority for this committee shall remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2009, unless a later enacted state statute deletes or extends that date. Fire Chief Dave Hillman and Undersheriff David Shaley served as the county representatives. Cameron Hamilton and Nell Smith were the other two mutually selected members and Nell Peyron and Shannon Alto served as the Tule River tribal representatives.

The board was unanimous in approving the funding.

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