McLennan County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving a federal grant application to help cover costs associated with the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco.
County Administrator Dustin Chapmansaid Friday he was still vetting the information and collecting the final tallies for the meeting Tuesday.
But he said the biggest cost to submit to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office is about $190,000 spent to house inmates at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. Chapman said other related costs include money spent on autopsies and overtime for the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootout that left nine dead and at least 20 injured, 177 bikers were arrested. Some were held at the Harwell facility, while others were housed at the McLennan County Jail.
On Jan. 19, Waco City Council signed off on its application seeking a $248,841 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The bulk of the requested funding, more than $240,000, would go to the Waco Police Department for overtime and equipment, while other amounts are earmarked for Waco Transit, the city’s fire department and police departments in Hewitt, Lorena, Robinson and Woodway.
Chapman said the County Essential Services Program provides financial help to reimburse extraordinary costs.
“There may be a chance for us to apply again in the future,” he said.
Commissioner Kelly Snell said the events that day involved people from across the state and not just McLennan County, making the county a prime candidate for grant assistance.
“We still don’t know what those costs are going to be, but I think this is just a way to make sure we’re in line,” Snell said.
Chapman said the county has worked with the program’s staff before and had a good experience. He said the two entities will work together to determine what costs are eligible for reimbursement.
Chapman said the county received $40,000 to $50,000 to cover costs from a two-week capital murder trial in Williamson County in 2013. It’s unclear how long it will take to learn if the county is approved for reimbursement, he said, adding response from the last application was fairly quick.
“We just need (commissioners’) approval to send in the grant application,” he said.