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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Police Assistance Request Letter

I am taking the time to send these to as many NYS police departments as possible, both by email and by snail mail. I did a search for NYS Police Departments and came up with a complete list! I'm sure it is possible for all states and commonwealths.

Dear Chief,

It has been nearly 10 months since hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast, and another season is upon us.

Those 2 hurricanes affected 280 counties, destroying over 60% of all structures and infrastructure, businesses and industry, public service and emergency service. The counties in all states of the North East – CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI and VT – would not equal the number of counties affected in the Gulf Region.

It is highly probable for a similar weather event to occur to these states simultaneously. Are we ready? Will we need help? Would we need help beyond the first month, or beyond what states/associations have previously dictated as appropriate or allowed? I think we will.

All emergency services sectors must unify with each other in order to recover from catastrophes that, sooner or later, will befall us all.

I do not argue that budgets are tight, but I also know that budgets are padded within certain line items. I also know the goodwill generated both locally and nationally by assisting the Gulf Region will be priceless both now and in the future.

Enclosed are lists of needs for police and fire agencies in Hancock County, MS. Also enclosed is a recent article regarding the plight of Hancock County.

Please look at your budgets and assist however possible. No amount of assistance is too small.

If you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,


http://208.62.60.4/40/article_237.shtml
From the Sea Coast Echo
Hancock could go ‘belly-up’
By DWAYNE BREMER
Jun 7, 2006, 17:34
In a historic meeting Monday afternoon, the Harrison and Jackson county boards of supervisors met with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Longfellow Drive to discuss what they could do to assist Hancock County. The meeting was organized by Jackson County Supervisor Tim Broussard.” Watching everything on television, it is obvious that Hancock County seems to be getting the short end of the stick," he said. "We feel like we are in a position to help."
Hancock County Board President Rocky Pullman was gracious in accepting the offer and produced a list of some needs, which Hancock County is having trouble with.” I cannot ask you for money," he said. "If anything," he said, "I think our governor should be helping all of us with that. It is a wonderful thing to see the people next door, who have been hit just as hard, wanting to help."
The list of Hancock's needs included a "pothole patcher," help cleaning culverts, getting grass cut along the right of ways, extra debris removal, replacing street signs and lights, and mosquito control help.
Pullman then explained to fellow supervisors just how bad the situation in Hancock County is. He said the county is about $4.5 million dollars short this budget year, which will end in October. Next year is even worse as Pullman expects a shortfall between $10 million to $16 million, of a budget that normally runs around $34 million. Pullman said of the 19,000 homes in Hancock County, 10,000 were destroyed by Katrina.
"We feel like about October 16, we are going to be belly-up," he said. Harrison County Board President Connie Rockco and Supervisor Marlon Ladner suggested the counties unify their lobbying power to go to the governor or possibly even higher for financial assistance."
We can present the problems to the governor and see if he can come up with any creative ideas on how to help," Rockco said."There is a tremendous amount of federal money here," Ladner said. "There has been no consideration made for local governments to maintain the services it provides. Why in the world would grant money not be carried over to local governments? The cities and counties have been devastated and they cannot provide the same services for the people. For years, the Coast has been the financial engine for the state. “We need some of that money back now."
Rockco suggested asking the governor and state legislation for a percentage of the sales tax revenue that is generated in each county. Currently, counties do not receive any of the sales tax collected inside of the unincorporated areas of the county. Cities receive a percentage of their sales tax back from the state.
Officials from Jackson and Harrison counties agreed to help with some of the roadwork, street signs, and manpower issues expressed by Hancock. Officials agreed to meet again, as well as use their combined voice to lobby for the good of all south Mississippi.
"We are centralized, we are the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Pullman said. "This is what we should be doing. We need to tell them (state and federal officials), just help us get on our feet, and then you will not hear from us again," Supervisor Steve Seymour said. One Jackson County supervisor warned that borrowing money is not the way to solve problems.
"We can borrow ourselves rich," he said. "Eventually we will have to pay it back, and we just do not know how long it will be before we have the ability to do that."
© 2005 Bay St. Louis Newspapers, Inc.

BSL Police Needs

Mailing Address - (All Departments),
City of Bay Saint Louis
P.O. Box 2550
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39521-2550

POLICEFile labels
correction tape
phone message pads
letter size manila file folders
file folder fasteners
storage boxes
letter and legal size copy paper
white business envelopes
91/2"x12" and 6"x9" manila envelopes with clasps
sheet protectors
liquid paper
legal pads, yellow, 5"x8" and 81/2" x 11"
Bic mechanical pencils
yellow highlighter pens
black dry erase markers
dry erase cleaner
black sharpie - fine point
3"x3" post-it notes
packing tape
lithium batters for small torches
laser printer cartridge, ML 1710D3; HP 51645A, 51641A; 4127X; C8728A; 1823T; C8727 AN; C1823D; C1816A
fax/copier/scanner cartridges HP C4920A, C4921A, C4922A, C4923A, HP C5011DN, C5010DN.One of our biggest expenses for the city is fuel. This is critical to our police and fire departments for obvious reasons.

Employee Relief Fund - donations can be made through the Bay Saint Louis Disaster Relief Fund, with checks earmarked specifically for this use. Our basic employee salary average is $22,500 per year, not including benefits. We currently have 105 employees.Donations to this effort can be made as follows: Checks made payable to Bay Saint Louis Disaster Relief Fund, check subject line: Employee Salary Fund and mailed to City of Bay Saint Louis, Attention: David Kolf, Comptroller, P.O. Box 2550, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520.

Our city's resources are quickly drying up. There are no purchases being made that are not absolutely essential. This has been our business effort since Katrina, not just a newly instituted policy.We have been hoarding our money to keep our employees on full time with benefits. The few employees that have been added to help with the enormous workload are being paid through grant funds for six months only.

City of Waveland
335 Coleman Avenue
Bldg. 8
Waveland, MS 39576

SIRCHIE
2-PART NUMBER MLP2020A- LATENT PRINT KIT
2-PART NUMBER SK700- TAPE MEASURE
2-PART NUMBER RMT03- MEASURING SCALES- ROLLER
2-PART NUMBER PEN 15- CRIME/ACCIDENT PHOTO EVIDENCE NUMBERS 1-15
2-PART NUMBER PEN1650 CRIME/ACCIDENT PHOTO EVIDENCE NUMBERS 16-50
1- PART NUMBER- ACFUME CYANOACRYLATE FUMING ENCLOSURE
2- PART NUMBER CNA2000- CYANOACRYLATE PACKETS
2- PART NUMBER PV001B- ANTI-PUTREFACTION SINGLE MASK
2- PART NUMBER EFR200- BIG NUMBER TRI FOLD REFERENCE SCALES
DICTAPHONE
2-COMBO 2753- STANDARD CASSETTE WRITER PLUS DICTATION AND TRANSCRIPTION VERSION WITH FOOT CONTROL, HEAD SET, AND HAND MIKE
2- HANDHELD 2225 RECORDER- DICTAPHONE STANDARD CASSETTE HANDHELD RECORDER
2- TELEVISION-DVD/VCR COMBOVIDEO RECORDER
MAGNIFYING GLASS
MAGNIFYING GLASS FOR FINGERPRINTS
HEAVY DUTY PAPER SHREDDER
GUN SHOT RESIDUE KITS
RAPE KITS VICTIM/SUSPECT
5 – KODAC DIGITAL CAMERAS WITH CASES AND MEMORY CARDS (EASY SHARE Z730)
4 – LATENT PRINT KITS PART# 177L (SERCHIE)
4- PORTABLE BREATH TESTERS (CMI INTOXLYZER 300 LE307)
4 – METAL TAPE MEASURES 100 FT
6 – MICRO TAPE RECORDERS WITH CASES
8 – SETS OF LEG IRONS (S&W RS024)
4 – 15 FT TROOPER SPiKE STRIPS (LE339)
1 – BATTERY JUMP STARTER HEAVY DUTY ROLL AROUND

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