Linda Ogden, executive director of Communities In Schools, attended the July 6 meeting to clarify her request for city funding at the council’s May 25 meeting.
Ogden said, contrary to the impression she apparently created, she was not soliciting a donation to the Marion County Family Financial Assistance Fund, which she administers without compensation as part of her broader CIS assignment.
The MCFFAF helps pay basic living expenses when families are in financial crisis, and is funded only by private donations.
“I do not ask for government money for that fund,” she said.
Instead, Ogden said her request was for a contribution to help underwrite the administrative costs of the broader CIS program, which includes after-school programs for students.
She said the public exposure the MCFFAF received from newspaper reports generated private donations of about $500.
Mayor Delores Dalke thanked Ogden for the clarification, but the council did not discuss the matter further.
In other business, the council:
• approved a cereal malt beverage license for Trail Lanes Bowling Alley. New owners Curtis and Christie McBride also owner bowling alleys in Peabody and Herington.
• heard a favorable 2009 audit report from Scot Loyd, representing the firm of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC.
The only “significant deficiency” he noted was that the city should ensure that more than one person is involved in city financial transactions.
He also repeated a past encouragement that the city develop a written agreement with the Hillsboro Golf Association regarding obligations and responsibilities.
• heard that infrastructure work in the new Hillsboro Business Park would begin around Aug. 2, or even a week earlier. Vogts Parga Construction from North Newton will put in Phase 1 street, drainage, sanitary sewer and water-line improvements.
• authorized payment of $356 to William Morris Associates of Augusta by Hillsboro Museums for work done on the Bartel House project.
• heard resident Raymond Matz, 810 W. Grand, ask the city to clean out a drainage system that has filled in with dirt over the years. He said property he owns behind his house has been flooding after significant rains.
Paine later acknowledged his awareness of the problem and said the fix has been delayed by other projects.
• authorized the placement of a stop sign at the corner of Orchard Drive and Elm Street in Hillsboro Heights to accommodate traffic at the new Carquest store now under construction.
• set 4 p.m. Aug. 3 as the time for a public hearing on the proposed 2011 city budget. It will be in the council meeting room at city hall.