The Board of County Commissioners approved accepting a grant award for phase two of the Public Safety Training Center this week, continuing the process to have a multidiscipline facility in the county, said Scott Campbell, director of the county's Department of Public Safety.
Commissioners approved the funds unanimously, 4-0, with Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, not in attendance.
The funds from the state of Maryland come to $1.65 million, according to meeting documents.
Phase two is completing the rest of the master plan approved by the commissioners, said Scott Moser, deputy director of the county's Department of Public Works. This portion of the plan includes site improvements, a new fire burn building, an outdoor classroom and two parking lots, he said.
Design for this portion begins in September, Moser said, and construction is set to be finished in 2023.
Campbell said the original Public Safety Training Center came about in the early 1980s and has grown from there.
"It has evolved," he said.
"It really is a phenomenal training facility," Campbell said.
Campbell said the new burn building will be important, and primarily used to train people in interior firefighting.
The facility isn't just for fire personnel, he said. County law enforcement can use it for some tactical operations training. They can also use the auditorium space and classroom space, he added.
And, Campbell said, it's not a state or regional building, but Carroll County's very own.
"When this rehabilitation … is complete, it really will be a state-of-the-art training facility," he added.
During Thursday's morning meeting, the commissioners approved a number of grant applications and grant awards including: a grant application for the fiscal year 2019 Jurisdictional Family Services Grant; an FY18 Maryland Victims of Crime grant award; a grant application for the federal fiscal year 2018 Violence Against Women Act for the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office; a grant application for the FFY18 Violence Against Women Act for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office; additional grant funds for a FFY15 Urban Area Security Initiative; a Rental Allowance Program grant; and grant application for a Money Follows the Person Options Counseling grant.
Commissioners also approved the Town and County agreements for Taneytown and Manchester, and approved four property easements.
In the afternoon meeting, in addition to discussion on the county's Public Safety Training Center, commissioners approved a Submit Hazard Mitigation grant application and discussed the Ride With Us program.