CARTERET—Borough emergency service departments have been approved for $100,000 grant as from the 2009-2010 Carteret Special Improvement District budget, Mayor Daniel Reiman and the Carteret Business Partnership have announced.
The grant has been awarded for the acquisition of various equipment for the Carteret Fire Department, Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management.
Carteret’s Special Improvement District is a private-sector non-profit organization established through a municipal ordinance, providing legislative powers to a district management corporation comprised of local business leaders and investors, who levy a special property tax on commercial property, which in turn funds improvements to Carteret’s business districts.
The Carteret Business Partnership was established in 2003. Since then its Board of Directors, comprised of volunteers, has initiated a range of streetscape improvements, business startup programs, and emergency service equipment upgrades. Since its inception the special improvement district has allocated $5 million towards commercial streetscape enhancements.
Over $300,000 has been provided to local emergency services since its establishment.
Funding will be provided according to a needs assessment, Economic Development Director Kathaleen Shaw said.
The Office of Emergency Management will receive $10,000; the Police Department, $20,000; the Fire Department, $10,000; Police (Inter-local Transfers), $50,000 and Emergency Services (reserve), $10,000.
The Carteret Police Department’s allocation will be used to purchase mobile data computers for installation in its vehicles, allowing police officers to access vehicle registrations, drivers licenses, and check for warrants and wanted persons through a wireless network. The Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management will apply grant funding towards specialized equipment and water rescue training.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong business community,” Reiman said, “that has shared ideas and strategies for improving Carteret, and the quality of our Emergency Service Departments. I’m sure many of the improvements we will see this year will be owed in no small part to the Carteret Business Partnership, who have recognized the demands placed on these services in this fast-paced urban community, along with the kind of equipment needed to provide the best possible service. This is a great example of progress achieved through the teamwork of the public and private sectors.”
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