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Officials approve juvenile court funding
The Glynn County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to appropriate more money to a Juvenile Court program that works primarily with middle school children to try to keep them out of the court system.

The KidsNet Glynn program had been funded mostly by federal money, but was passed over for a $73,000 federal share this fiscal year, leaving the county to pick up the tab.

Juvenile Court Judge George Rountree said the program has been maintained with only minimal funds and requested only half of the typical federal share to operate it through the fiscal year that ends June 30.

"We are halfway through the fiscal year, so what we're asking for is exactly one-half of the federal money we would've gotten through that grant," Rountree told the commission. "We need to get cranked up to meet our obligations to comply with new federal code. We believe that we can do this."

Some commissioners weren't sure the $36,500 Rountree requested would be enough to support the program until a new request for federal funding could be approved.

Commissioner Mary Hunt, who voted against the request at the commission's finance committee meeting Jan. 7 but for it Thursday, said she was wary of awarding half the federal share. If the federal government approves Glynn County for the funding next year, she said it likely wouldn't make it to the area until October.

Commissioner Dale Provenzano said the county would have to appropriate new funding for the program in its next budget, anyway, and disputed Hunt's concern.

Here are three more things you need to know about the commission meeting Thursday:

Replacement vehicles will be added to the county's fleet: The commission unanimously approved the purchase of replacement vehicles from Brunswick-based King's Colonial Ford at a total cost of $292,600.

Two people were appointed to the Animal Control Advisory Board: Donna Eskenazi and Jill Wright were appointed to serve on the board through June 30, 2015.

Beverage licenses were OK'd: The commission unanimously approved alcoholic beverage licenses for Exxon 36, 5055 New Jesup Highway, and The Inn at Sea Island, 100 Salt Marsh Drive, St. Simons Island.

* Reporter Kelly Quimby writes about government and other local topics. Contact her at kquimby@thebrunswicknews.com, or at 265-8320, ext. 321.



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