Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Claiborne Electric rounds up grant funds for local law

Webster Parish Sheriffs Dept

Webster Parish Sheriff's Office and Sibley Police Department were among a group of organizations and individuals that recently received grants totaling more than $22,000 from Claiborne Electric's Operation Round Up program.

Webster Parish Sheriff's Office was granted more than $4,600 to purchase a thermal imaging device for use in the organization's SWAT and Hazmat divisions.

Claiborne Electric spokesperson Emmalee Tingle said Deputy Tony Matteson wrote the WPSO grant.

"The device will be beneficial for the location and detention of suspects at night, as well as detection of fires, explosions and chemical releases," Tingle said.

Sibley Police Department received more than $760 to purchase a Stalker handheld radar, which will be used for traffic control in the town.
Tingle said Sibley Police Chief Jeremy Robinson wrote the grant request for his department.

"Chief Robinson said the radar will allow the department to slow traffic in the town in a productive manner with a goal of reducing traffic accidents," she said.

Other recipients included the Hope Center for Autism in Ruston, Downsville Charter School, the Union Parish E-911 Communications Center, and two individuals whose homes recently burned.

Operation Round Up is a community service program that gives Claiborne Electric members the option to allow their bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar. The difference in the actual bill and the rounded amount is deposited into the Operation Round Up Trust Fund. The funds accumulated are dispersed to charitable causes in the communities served by Claiborne Electric.

The program is governed by Claiborne Electric's Operation Round Up Trust Board, which consists of nine Claiborne Electric members from across the Co-op's service area.

The board receives and reviews applications for the funds, makes decisions about allocation, and disperses the funds accordingly.

The program has been used to award 192 grants to organizations, individuals and families since the first grants were dispersed in October, 2007.

Recent grants approved by the Trust Board pushed the organization's donated total to more than $676,580.

For more information on Operation Round Up, or to obtain a grant application for an individual, family or organization, contact Joey White or EmmaLee Tingle at 927-3504, or visit www.our.coop.






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