BOND COUNTY TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR STARCOM EQUIPMENT
It was just announced that several regional jurisdictions, throughout the state. have received PSIC, or Public Safety Interoperable Communications funding, totaling $18 million in order to help fire, police and other first responders better communicate during emergencies. Just last month, the Bond County 911 Board, along with four other counties, submitted the STARCOM grant application together, and will now receive $3.7 million of the newly awarded funds.
911 Coordinator Alan Davis said that he's not sure yet what the breakdown will be between the five counties in the region and how much Bond County will receive. The funding will be available starting January 1st and works as an 80% reimbursement for the upfront costs of communication equipment.
ISP CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH
The Illinois State Police are continuing their investigation into the crash involving Trooper Matt Mitchell, on November 23, and the fatal crash involving the two sisters from Collinsville.
Nearly 80 people have been interviewed so far and have provided a variety of information, according to State Police. Trooper Mitchell remains hospitalized at Barnes; his condition has not changed. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident on I-64, is asked to call the Illinois State Police at 346-3649.
NATIONAL ROAD AWARDED MARKETING GRANT
It was recently announced, by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Senator Dick Durbin, that over $2 million in grants had been awarded for National Scenic Byways in Illinois. The historic National Road will receive $212,000 of that funding for a multi-phase marketing effort.
The project includes increased radio and television advertising, promotional videos, the development of school programs and the creation of banners for National Road communities. Executive Director John Goldsmith said the grant allows the association promotional opportunities that had not before been fiscally possible. The educational part of the grant will allow for a partnership with local and state school officials on curriculum development for the history of the National Road.
The Illinois section of the historic road covers 164 miles from Marshall to East St. Louis, including Fayette, Bond and Madison counties.