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2/13/2017 - City Council Special meeting held Monday night
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The Greensburg City Council held a special meeting to consider 2017 funding requests Monday evening. Eight organizations presented to the council.
Greensburg City School Superintendent Tom Hunter submitted a request for $5,000.00 to defray part of the cost of the School Resource Officer salary.
Bev Karazia represented Big Brothers Big Sisters and submitted a $10,000.00 request. She shared information that the organization has about 250 matches and serves about 500 clients per year. The organization continues with its Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser, but donations are currently down about $12,000.00. The Decatur County Commissioners are now paying all rent for the organization.
Erin Thomas from Lifetime Resources, Inc. which does business as Catch-A-Ride, requested an increase in funding to $9,000.00, due in part to a $4,000.00 decrease in funding from Decatur County. She provided the council with an update on their operations. The organization covers 6 counties and provides public transportation for anyone. Sixty-five percent of their trips are currently for the DSI shelter workshops. The organization provides 1,100 trips per month and can schedule transportation up to 7 days in advance.
RoJeanna Park represented New Directions and requested $25,000.00, an increase of $5,000.00 from 2016. The requested increase is, in part, due to reduced funding from Decatur County. The organization saw an increase in cases of 197% in 2016.
Marc Coplon requested $60,000.00 for Economic Development, the same amount asked for in each of the previous 8 years. He pointed out that the 500 acre Veterans Way Overlay District is now site certified gold, opening up more opportunities for the city.
Jim Cummings represented the Greensburg Community Learning Center and requested $15,000.00 He provided the council with information on the growth of the adult literacy program and the achievement school. He said that 120 people have received their diploma in the past year and many moved on to Ivy Tech. The Learning Center increased its Headstart program to 7:30-5:30 5 days a week.
Mainstreet Greensburg requested funding of $30,000.00. Several new businesses opened in downtown Greensburg during 2016 and growth is expected to continue in 2017. The organization was successful in its Arts and Streetscape program raising $32,500.00 locally with a matching amount from IHCDA and a $10,000.00 grant from the Community Foundation for a total of $75,000.00 to be invested in downtown.
Melissa Foist requested $15,000.00 for Greensburg Community Bread of Life. The organization continues its drive to purchase a new rescue van. They have currently raised $21,000.00 toward that goal. Bread of Life assisted 2,087 people last year and provided about 46,500 meals in 2016.
The city council will discuss requests at the next scheduled council meeting in March.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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