Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors has approved appropriating $228,000 to be used by the Sheriff´s Department.
The funding comes from the Buffer Zone Protection Program through the Department of Homeland Security. The amount is considered unanticipated revenue. As a result it had to be officially appropriated by the supervisors and it was done so by a unanimous vote this morning.
According to Sheriff-Coroner Jim Mele the funds will used to purchase much needed equipment. Other counties, such as Stanislaus, will benefit with a portion of the monies being used for protection of dams.
Mele complimented Undersheriff Lee Sanford, Captain Mike Bailey and Lt. George Ruckman on an outstanding job of quickly putting together the application given that they had to work in tandem with Calaveras County with definite time constraints.
Written by Bill Johnson