Grant will add county deputy

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Sheriff Tom Williams told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning a $154,672 U.S. Department of Justice grant had been approved that would permit him to hire a 10th deputy.
The money will pay the deputy’s salary and associated employment costs over the next three years.
Williams said the additional deputy would make law enforcement in the county more comprehensive, including having two officers on duty during nighttime hours.
Williams noted that as sheriff he was responsible to the nearly 14,000 residents of the county whether they lived in an incorporated town or rural area.
“We have officers on duty all the time, 24 hours a day seven days a week,” he said.
Commissioners signed off on a $26,500 law enforcement federal grant that Allen County and Iola will split. The county’s share will go for laptop computers while Iola will buy work stations and in-car video apparatus.
Landfill use by a Butler County contractor may result in more than $500,000 of income, Bill King, director of Public Works, told commissioners.
The contractor intends to remove about 15,000 tons of soil contaminated by gasoline in the El Dorado area. King said the usual charge was $50 a ton for such material, but he would negotiate with the contractor. At $35 a ton, deposit of the soil would generate more than $500,000.
King further said that gasoline in the soil would evaporate over time and that the soil could be used as ground cover for landfill cells. While awaiting use, there was room to store the dirt at the landfill, he said.
Commissioners approved a new flood plain ordinance, which updates the countywide map and management resolution. They also gave thumbs up to a “red flag” policy, meant to protect the identify of residents having financial dealings with the county.