The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department received a late Christmas gift Tuesday.
Neal Gaalswyk, boat and water safety supervisor with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, told the board there was $53,227 carried over from the 2002 boat and water budget.
He said the funds carried over to 2003 because of an additional $28,004 in revenues, and the department spent $25,222 less than anticipated. Gaalswyk said the additional revenues are from two federal supplemental boating grants and from the sale of a donated boat.
He said the decrease in expenditures resulted from a deferred capital expenditure, decreased overtime because there was just one drowning and from savings on pager costs from switching paging systems.
Gaalswyk presented a proposal to the county board on how the funds should be spent: $28,000 to reinstate the cuts from the proposed 2003 budget, which include a boat purchase and intern wages; $10,000 for motor replacement contingency; $5,000 to buy a computer and associated hardware; $5,000 for school training at Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue School; $3,000 for night vision equipment; and $2,000 for equipment for a new boat.
Gaalswyk also presented options on boat and water seasonal workers in the sheriff's department. Gaalswyk suggested having these workers be available for events, such as Greer Lake security and the Jaycees ice fishing contest.
The events are covered now by deputies who receive overtime pay, he said.
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