NOLANVILLE — The city will back Police Chief Gary Kent as he begins to search for more funding.

Approving a resolution unanimously, Kent will take the first steps in seeking grant money for more technology for the force through the Public Safety Enhancement Program, which is funded by the state.

A highly competitive application pool, City Manager Stephen Pearl said the specifics of how much or what exactly the department needs have not been determined.

“(Kent) will basically work with a grant administrator to figure out what to apply for; then he’ll get the details and present them back to (a committee),” he said.

Vicki Speiss, grant administrator for Grantworks, the largest firm in Texas dedicated principally to community development grant program management, also officially summarized what was achieved with the Community Development Fund Grant that was given to Bell County Water Improvement District No. 3 in 2010. Most of the Plaza mobile home park residents received updated water and wastewater systems through the $295,433 grant.

In other action, new Nolanville Economic Development Corporation member Kara Escadjeda was appointed vice president, Pearl said.

The council also approved the required paperwork for Nolanville’s EDC.

The corporation must be recognized by the state before becoming official, Pearl said, and now all required paperwork has been submitted. | 254-501-7559

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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