SBY receives more than $78k from Department of Justice
SALISBURY, Md. – The city of Salisbury has received tens of thousands of dollars to help protect the city’s police officers and firefighters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The money was part of grant distributed throughout Maryland. “When cities and counties last year were sending in their budgets for how much money they were going to need to spend in order to accomplish their public safety missions, no one expected Coronavirus coming,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert Hur.
City leaders tell 47ABC that for a small city like Salisbury, extra federal funding is crucial, especially in these difficult times. “We have a really tight budget every year and we’re really intentional about where that money goes, and if something like this happens , it could be a major disrupter in a department’s budget,” said Acting Mayor Julia Glanz.
More than $78,000 of federal funding is helping Salisbury’s police and fire departments. “This particular pot of money – the Coronavirus emergency supplemental funding program – was initiated in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and it is not an insignificant amount of money,” said Hur.
Salisbury was one of 23 municipalities in Maryland that received the extra funding. Acting Mayor Glanz says that in Salisbury, the funds will be used for purchasing PPE for the fire and police departments. “Before COVID in March we didn’t have a budget line for all of this stuff in the magnitude that we needed. So if we don’t have this grant funding we’re going to have to find it some place else,” said Acting Mayor Glanz.
Hur says the grants can also be used to help pay first responder salaries, and to treat correctional inmates who have COVID-19. Hur tells 47ABC that this funding will help with keeping everyone safe, including first responders and the people they serve. “Unless you take real careful precautions you can be contributing to the spread of Coronavirus, which is the last thing we need or want in this pandemic,” said Hur.
Acting Mayor Glanz tells 47ABC that before the money can be dispersed, it has to be approved through council sessions. Those council sessions involve multiple steps, including meetings, presentations, and legislative sessions. Acting Mayor Glanz says that the process can take up to five weeks, but can be expedited in emergency situations like this one.