By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA —Aging mobile data terminals used by county sheriffs will be replaced with tablet devices, after the Belknap County Commissioners Wednesday morning unanimously approved acceptance of $1,164 in federal grant funds.
Sheriff Craig Wiggin explained that the money represents 7 percent of a $16,714 grant which is being sought by the city of Laconia, and, which according to grant guidelines, must be shared with the county.
Wiggin said that the grant, which will be used by the Laconia Police Department for the purchase of 15 semi-automatic, 5.56 mm caliber urban patrol rifles, is the same kind of Justice Assistance Grant which the city and county partnered on earlier this year.
Laconia received $11,641 for nine urban patrol rifles as its share of the earlier JAG grant, while the Sheriff''s Department received $3,000 for radar units.
"The patrol rifles are very much like machine guns," said Wiggin. They are M4 carbines, a shorter and lighter version of the M16A2 assault rifle, with a 14.5-inch barrel and a 30-round box magazine with a high rate of fire.
The commissioners also approved a three-year contract with the American Institutional Medical Group LLC to provide physician services for the Belknap County House of Corrections for three years. The contract calls for fees of $8,013.16 per month in the first year, $8,253.56 a month in the second year and $8,501.10 per month in the third year.
Commissioners approved transfer requests of $500 for the Department of Corrections law library and $800 for full-time wages in the Belknap County Nursing Home due to an unanticipated retirement. Those transfers will need approval from the Belknap County Delegation's Executive Committee.
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