CHARLESTON -- Grants to two offices and appointments to two agencies are scheduled for votes by the Coles County Board on Tuesday, June 11.

The votes on the grants will be to amend the county's budget to show the money's been received. They include a $37,423 grant for cameras for the Coles County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Brian Huston of the sheriff's office said the grant will be for ongoing replacement of squad car and officer body cameras.

The funds from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board will be used for four high-definition vehicle cameras and 16 higher grade body cameras, he said.

The sheriff's office also received a similar grant last year that was used to replace 11 vehicle cameras, Huston said.

The other grant is for just less than $1,000 and went to the county's Emergency Management Agency.

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County EMA Director Dan Ensign said the money was used to purchase tables, chairs and flooring materials for temporary use at at disaster sites if needed.

He said the new items will be used in conjunction with a large tent that was donated to the agency.

The appointments scheduled for approval Tuesday include appointing recently retired county board administrative assistant Elaine Karpus-Komada to the county Regional Planning and Development Commission.

With the board's approval, Karpus-Komada will replace current member Steve Kelly, who's leaving his seat on the commission.

The other appointment is T.J. Dosch to replace Terry Francis on the county Housing Authority.

The county board's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board's meeting room on the third floor of the courthouse.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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