New youth programs ask for $11,000 in county funding

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JULIE ANDERSON
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County and Communities in Schools asked for funding for next year at the Marion County Commission meeting July 17.



Both groups funding was needed to help offset the costs of running their programs and activities.



“One of the reasons we wanted to dovetail with Communities in Schools is they have a mentor program they want to turn over once Big Brothers Big Sisters gets started,” said Mike Moran, Hillsboro Elementary School counselor.



“Looking at our budget and what we have to come up with for the matching grant, we would ask the county for $5,000,” Moran said.



Robi Alstrom, a member of the BBBS board of directors, told the commissioners about three grants the organization had applied for.



The grants include a Jump Grant for $15,000, a Juvenile Justice Authority matching grant providing $20,000 for three years, and a United Methodist Health Ministries Fund matching grant.



The program intends to provide services for 640 “at-risk” youth in Marion County.



Moran said considering what the county spends on correction centers, the cost of prevention is cheap.



The commission also heard a request from USD 410 Superintendent Gordon Mohn for $6,000 for Communities in Schools.



“It’s not only a public funded effort,” Mohn said. He said private individuals who contribute money are also more likely to contribute time and energy.



The representatives were fairly confident they will receive the SICA grant, but need to be prepared for next year when the grant runs out.



The commission will consider both requests when completing its 2001 budget.



In other business:



— Commissioners approved raising the mile rate to 32.5 cents per mile, beginning July 21, to keep up with state rates.



— David Brazil, of the sanitarian, planning and zoning department, informed the commissioners that George Gore, Durham, did not get a conditional use permit before launching Rocking G’s Mud Sling held July 9. Brazil will try to contact Gore about filing for a permit.



— Rollin Schmidt, noxious weed director, presented the commission with the final version of the Satellite Site Grant application to be signed. He also informed the commission he had signed up the county for a state-wide mercury sweep.



— Commissioners were presented with a request by Rex Savage of K.C. Development to change the recycling grant update deadline to July 21, 2001, since the county is not holding its public hearing before this year’s deadline. The grant is in the amount of $76,000 and Savage asked the commission to keep it available for the county.



He was not asking for a commitment on the recycling proposal. Commissioner Jack Bruner was in favor of keeping the option open because he thinks they may need to go to county-wide recycling to cut down on what goes to the landfill.



A decision will be made at the next meeting.

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