ARLEY - An upcoming grant opportunity is not passing by the Arley Police Department, with Chief Jerry Cummings looking forward to obtaining a grant to purchase much-needed equipment for the department. Cummings spoke to the Arley council Monday, Sept. 9, at their monthly meeting.
The grant is from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and a total of $24,000. The equipment purchased could be anything from a courtroom printer to uniforms to shotguns.
“I’m just waiting on getting it filled out and turned in,” Cummings said. The chief indicated the total amount from ADECA was $600,000 but would be disbursed in $24,000 blocks to qualifying departments.
“It can be anything, as long as it’s not a vehicle,” Cummings said. “It can be safety vests, departmental files, updating emergency lights and sirens, boots, pants and shirts.”
In the police report, Cummings stated the department logged 3,330 miles, spent $629 and had a total of 18 cases.
Another item on the agenda at the meeting concerning the police department was the online driving school.
Those previously contracted to do the court has lost the contract. If the judge has ordered driving school for any traffic violations, they can now be completed online thanks to a new subscription service th rough Arley.
A court administrative fee of $100, and the $37 subscription rate to the online service are due to be paid the day of court, according to Clerk Tammi Farley.
“Once they complete the course, their ticket is dismissed,” Farley explained.
“Most of them are our school kids, our young drivers,” Cummings stated. “That’s usually who we recommend to driving school. If you have a ticket on your record already, we will not send you to driving school.”
Farley mentioned that previously, violators would have to go to an actual class.
“This will give them an option of going online,” Farley continued. “It would simplify things. I can pull their certificate up online.”
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