by Madison White Franks
LANCASTER—Support rang through the old Lancaster courthouse April 19 for the county’s $10,190,783 fiscal year 2019 capital improvement plan (CIP) budget.
The main item on the CIP is a $9.3 million request from the school system to fund the beginning phase of construction and design for new schools and land acquisition.
Commission member Tom Richardson moved to prioritize the CIP projects: $25,000 for school security grant matching funds, the $9.3 million request, $10,500 for a jail roof repair, $190,000 for school bus replacements, $250,000 for an ambulance to serve Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad, $38,500 for a new sheriff’s patrol vehicle, $15,082 for sheriff’s office HVAC replacement, and $11,701 for a kitchen and storage area to serve the courthouse offices.
The motion passed 6-0-1 with support from commission members Glendon Pinn Jr., Tara Booth, David Chupp, Steve Sorensen, Ty Brent and Richardson. Commission member Robert Smart abstained.
“We are just prioritizing these requests. We are not authorizing anyone to spend any money,” said Richardson…