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MADISON – A plan to renovate the building in Madison owned by the county to house the Southwestern Regional Day Report Center was unanimously approved by the Boone County Commission during its regular session meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The commission passed a resolution to apply for a Community Participation Grant Program grant in the amount of $33,000.

The plan is to use the money to renovate a building in Madison already owned by the county to house the Day Report Center.

The commission further agreed to follow all regulations, policies, guidelines and requirements outlined by the state in regarding to bidding procedures for the proposed project.

The county also agreed to provide the required minimum 10 percent matching funds to receive the grant, if it is approved.

In other county news, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the commission to replace old firearms.

The total cost to replace the old firearms would be $51,891, according to county administrator Jim Gore.

Gore said the sheriff’s office request only asked for the commission to assist with half of that amount, which would be $25,370.50.

“They will be using the buy-back program with the old firearms, so the estimated cost to the commission would be $18,570 after the buy-back,” Gore explained.

Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with the plan to replace the old firearms.

Meanwhile, the community service organization, Morrisvale Helping Hands gave an update to the commission on its recent activities.

The group had clothing giveaways on July 20 and August 31 of this year.

“We served 80 to 90 individuals on July 20th and over 100 on August 31st,” said Cecil Silva, an officer of the organization.

Silva said the group would be participating in an “Adopt A Highway” program on Sept. 22, 2013.

He added that the group was still working toward obtaining its non-profit 501 (c) 3 designation.

Silva said a former treasurer of the group had embezzled from the organization, which has been reported to law enforcement and the county prosecuting attorney’s office.

“This set us back a bit, but we are still moving forward and doing some good work in the communities we serve,” he said.

Silva also thanked the commission for allowing the group to use the Morrisvale Community Center.

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