Arlington County is getting $136,727 from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to help pay for coronavirus-related public safety expenses.
The federal grant was approved unanimously by the County Board over the weekend.
Among the big ticket items to be funded by the grant are:
- 3 electronic sign boards for the Arlington County Police Department ($30,210)
- 435 hours of officer overtime for ACPD ($19,106)
- 994 pairs of coveralls for Arlington County firefighters ($31,063)
- 280 boxes of nitrile exam gloves for the Arlington Sheriff’s Office ($36,736)
“Funds awarded under the [Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding] Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus,” says a county staff report. “Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), and supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer).”
The expenses have already been incurred, the staff report notes, and will be reimbursed — with no local matching funds required.
Also funded by the grant are $19,605 worth of miscellaneous supplies for the police department.