County targets underage drinking

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department will be using $20,000 in grant funding to combat underage drinking in the county.

Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee that $20,000 is available for his department from the HFM Prevention Council and the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services for 2013.

He requested and received permission from the committee to amend the 2013 county budget for acceptance of the grant funding for this year to “combat” underage drinking.

Lenahan said funding will be for overtime for full-time deputies, and per diem hours for part-time deputies.

He said services will include party patrols, underage purchases and consumption, combating underage consumption at public events, public talks, and enforcement of state Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

Lenahan said the extra patrols can be used for “big events, little events, weekends.”

Sheriff’s Capt. Garth Hillier said the department “routinely” checks on underage drinking situations at Royal Mountain events, and patrols such sites as the Broadalbin Beach when it is closed.

In another committee matter, District Attorney Louise Sira received permission from the panel to amend the 2013 budget by $6,099 because the county received more funding than anticipated from the state as reimbursement for her salary. The committee voted to decrease the appropriated fund balance by that amount.

The state budget includes full district attorney state reimbursement for 2013 and 2014 amounting to 41 percent.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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