Jasper County police departments will get about $209,000 from the County, and the board that makes these grants got a new chairman after a meeting on Tuesday at the Jasper County Courthouse.

Jasper County police departments will get about $209,000 from the County, and the board that makes these grants got a new chairman after a meeting on Tuesday at the Jasper County Courthouse.
The Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax Grant Board recommended grants ranging from $6,200 to $31,000 nine Jasper County police departments and to the Jasper County Juvenile Justice office at its regular grant awards meeting, held annually in February.
The money given in these grants comes from a fund created with 4.3 percent of the proceeds from the county's quarter-cent law enforcement sales tax. A five-member board, appointed by the commissioners, decides how to spend the money, and the area departments outside Joplin, which has its own public safety sales tax, can apply for the funds.

More requests than money
Board Chairman John Joines said the requests sent in by the police departments exceeded the amount of money available to the board by almost $7,500.
Joines said that number was much larger before he had a conversation with officials at the city of Duenweg, who withdrew a request for a $40,000 police vehicle before the meeting.
With $209,883.36 available to award after subtracting a five percent reserve the board keeps according to its policy, and $217,346.75 in requests from the agencies, the LEST Grant Board faced cutting a little bit from most departments' requests.
Then Chief Don Melton, with the Webb City Police Department, volunteered to withdraw his department's request for $7,543 for new Tazers, saying they would still be able to supply all their officers with Tazers using older models that still worked.
That gesture brought the total amount in requests to $80 less than the amount that was available.
Then Joines announced that the Purcell Police Department had returned to the board a car radio that it had received, but was surplus to its needs.
The radio matched the model being requested by the Jasper Police Department, so Jasper Chief Chad Karr accepted the radio and $725 was deleted from Jasper's request.
The final amount awarded by the Board was $209,078.55. That compares to $190,009.22 awarded to the departments in 2017.
The Board will send its recommendations to the Jasper County Commissioners who will vote on whether to approve them at a future meeting before the end of February.

Carthage Police requests
The Carthage Police Department's request for $26,344.30 was fully funded by the LEST Grant Board.
The request included $4,000 for the fee to participate in the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, $8,000 for an animal control tuck box, $5,988 for 12 replacement body cameras, $5,407 for the costs related to the new body cameras, $2,799.30 for five replacement portable radios and $150 for software for the replacement radios.
Other requests from other departments were:
• Carl Junction Police Department — $27,702.
• Carterville Police Department — $25,396.
• Duenweg Police Department — $6,274.89.
• Duquesne Police Department — $13,746.81.
• Jasper County Juvenile Office — $15,170. 78.
• Jasper Police Department — $21,011.84.
• Oronogo Police Department — $25,024.
• Sarcoxie Police Department — $17,796.93.
• Webb City Police Department — $30,636.20.

In other business, the Board elected Kip Smith, Carthage, the senior member, as its new chairman.
The chairman at this meeting, John Joines, said he would reach the end of his term at the conclusion of the meeting.
Other board members are Randy Edwards, Linda Banwart and Roger Renken, who was absent from Tuesday's meeting.