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Public Comment Open For Sheriff’s OHV Grant Request

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s office is preparing to submit the department’s annual Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant request.

The application will be available for a 30-day review by the public beginning on Mar. 7 and ending at 5 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 3. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review and provide comments to the preliminary applications submitted to the OHMVR Division for consideration during the 2016/17 grant cycle.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office enforces OHMV laws throughout the County which consists of approximately 2,147 square miles. The Sheriff’s Office patrols Forest Service lands, private properties, riverbeds, riparian areas, agricultural lands, and railroad rights-of-way. They are often called out to respond for emergencies in remote areas of the County, and require specialized equipment to do the job. Costs also include the maintenance and upgrading of that equipment.

This year the Sheriff’s Office is seeking funding for —

  • Deputy and Reserve overtime hours
  • Two Jeep Rubicons for rugged terrain operations
  • Two sets of tracks for their ATV/UTV’s
  • Upgrades for DRZ400’s which have suffered the results of years of wear and tear, and need larger fuel tanks for extended operations
  • Lap top computers to allow deputies to view maps and track stats while patrolling, and assist with patrol area planning and injured rider rescue management
  • Handheld/In Reach GPS units
  • Maintenance of equipment and miscellaneous safety equipment/supplies.

To view the Madera County Sheriff’s Office’s complete application, click here.

To learn more about the Madera County Sheriff’s OHV program, click here.

Those who wish to participate in the Grant Request Public Review and Comment may do so by either contacting Susan Noel at snoel@co.madera.ca.gov or by visiting the California State Park’s website at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov.

Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program Overview

The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program (Grants Program) provides for well managed off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes, and nonprofit entities.

The Grants Program supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, restoration, and conservation of trails, trailheads, areas, and other facilities associated with the use of off-highway motor vehicles, and programs involving off-highway motor vehicle safety or education. (Source ohv.parks.ca.gov)

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