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City App0lies For Grant

In a called meeting last Thursday, the Hazlehurst City Council completed paperwork to apply for a $50,000 grant to be used to purchase a new vehicle for the Hazlehurst Police Department.
Plans had been formulated to purchase three vehicles using $150,000 from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funds and use the grant funds to purchase the fourth vehicles.
Meeting with the council by telephone was Karen Jamison, a representative of the grant funding agency, who facilitated the application process.
Ward 2 Commissioner John Ramay was not present at the meeting.
Mayor Bayne Stone prefaced the meeting by saying some members of the city had been given a set of rules by which CARES Act funds could be used and he, on behalf of the city, had been given another set of rules. He termed the situation a “confusion” and “discrepancy of information.”
Prior to the meeting, Mayor Stone gave Ward 4 Commissioner John Bloodworth a prepared motion to read which basically authorized the Mayor and Clerk Vernice Thompson to sign the appropriate documents if the discrepancy to which the Mayor referred was cleared up. Ward I Commissioner Dywane Johnson seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.
City Attorney Ken Smith read aloud a necessary resolution to satisfy legal requirements for the transaction and the council unanimously adopted the resolution.
With that, Ms. Jamison walked the Mayor and Clerk through signing the appropriate documents and the process was completed.

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