Commissioner Jason Ward, standing right, talks with Polk Police Chief Kenny Dodd during the June meeting of the Polk County Board of Commissioners.

Agnes Hagin

More than $183,000 in grant money has been received by Polk County to supplement the Superior Court’s budget.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners has approved the funding, which is described as an annual decision.

“The court’s budget will provide a $20,341 match,” said Commissioner Jason Ward. He said the funds would be used for the ongoing drug court program.

Drug courts are judicially supervised court dockets that handle the cases of non-violent substance-abusing offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems.

These are described as problem-solving courts that operate under a specialized model in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service and treatment communities work together to help non-violent offenders find restoration in recovery and become productive citizens. In the USA, there are currently over 2,459 drug courts representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and 111 tribal drug court programs.

“Judge Richard Sutton has done a great job with the drug court in Polk County,” Ward said.

Manager Matt Denton said funding for the courts is part of the amended $19 million 2015 FY budget, which was approved during the June county board meeting.

Denton explained that the $20 million proposed budget was cut to a total of $19,998,612.

Commissioners approved an application submitted by Glenda and Willard Earwood for a zoning change from A-1 to C-1 to be in compliance with the county’s ordinance. The property is located on Prospect Road in Rockmart.

An application for a zoning change from C-1 to A-1 by Dorothy F. Swanson was approved. The acreage is located on Nathan Dean Parkway in Rockmart.

The group also heard comments from Victoria Fournier regarding an easement at 800 College Drive. No action was taken on her request.

Additionally, the board gave the green light to the following purchases:

An $87,569.50 right of way tractor mower from low bidder Reynolds – Warren Equipment Company of Lake City, Georgia

An $119,960 Knuckle Boom Truck from low bidder Transpro Equipment Sales, LLC of Albany, Georgia

New $206,647 garbage truck from low bidder Cherokee Truck Equipment of Chattanooga, Tennessee

The low bid of 87.6 percent of market value, no drop fee from Westside Recycling to perform contracted scrap metal services for the county

Upgrade for the county’s engine diagnostic system from Snap-On Tools, which submitted the $6,960.50 low bid

A bid of $36,985 from Hardy Family Ford for an animal control truck with a SWAB wagon, communication and light package

Denton gave a financial report showing year to date (May 2014) revenues and expenditures. He noted the general fund expenses were at 84 percent of the budget.