GOHSEP grant deadline comes and goes, money still in limbo
BATON ROUGE- Stacks of documents arrived on the door steps of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office Wednesday to close out a four-month long battle between EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden and EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
But GOHSEP says the grant applications for $4 million to pay for terrorism-prevention tools and law enforcement equipment may not be complete.
The issue started in July when the documents were turned in without the sheriff's signature. The mayor argued rules in the past have only called for his approval. The disagreement has dragged on, with Wednesday being the last day to comply before the state takes over control of the money.
The last bit of paperwork showed up an hour before the deadline, but was missing some signatures, including the mayor's.
Through the disagreement, GOHSEP has given law enforcement it's portion of the money for one of the grants, because all law enforcement agencies in the parish signed off on a plan for equipment they can all use. Money for the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is still in limbo.
GOHSEP is expected to make a decision Thursday as to whether it will approve the applications or take over the spending power.