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Monday, September 21, 2009

Stimulus trickles into city

Maddie Hanna reports in the Concord Monitor on the $21 million in stimulus money coming into the Capitol City.
One of the more concrete ways the money will come to Concord is in the form of a new police officer. The police department received $207,000 to hire a new officer for three years - the city had to agree to pay for the position for one year after that - and Chief Robert Barry said he plans to hire that officer by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, the department was awarded more than $180,000 through a federal grant enlarged by stimulus money, about $125,000 of which has been used to retain two officers, Barry said. He will use the rest to buy two police cruisers later this year.

That $180,000 doesn't show up on the state's reports breaking down the awards by municipality. Neither does a $208,000 award the city expects to receive for energy efficient projects.

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