Nonprofits may apply for county funds

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

WARRENTON — The Warren County Board of Commissioners has cleared the way for nonprofit organizations to receive financial support from the county.

At their monthly meeting on Monday night, the commissioners adopted a policy to serve as a guide in awarding funds to nonprofit organizations.

County Manager Linda Worth said the county had discontinued allocating public funds to nonprofit organizations about five years ago because of the recession. With the economy regaining stability, she said, the county is in a better position to provide financial support to local agencies.

Commissioners discussed the proposal in their Feb. 12 work session.

Among other criteria, the policy states funds shall be use only for public purposes, and funded services will be available to all eligible residents of the county. Requests for funding to provide safety net services for low-income residents will receive the highest priority. Requests will be accepted only during the county’s annual budget preparation process.

In other business, the board approved a memorandum of agreement between the county and Heritage Quilters Giving Circle Inc. regarding the renovation and use of the county-owned Hendrick House at 105 S. Front St. in Warrenton. Worth told commissioners renovations are 95 percent complete. The Heritage Quilt Center, which will be located in Hendrick House, will serve as a meeting place for quilters, a site for quilting exhibitions and a working studio for teaching. As part of the agreement, Heritage Quilters will assume responsibility for the cost of utilities, housekeeping services and routine building maintenance.

The board appointed John Alston and re-appointed Cathy Alston-Kearney to the Kerr-Tar Regional Workforce Development board.

Commissioners turned down a bid of $3,500 from James Hyman for tax foreclosed property at 588 No Bottom Road because it failed to meet the required minimum bid of $6,969. They authorized the county clerk to put the property up for auction again.

The board adopted a resolution declaring a paper shredder, vehicle, medical devices and wheelchair to be surplus property.

A memorandum from Alicia Giddens, director of the Warren County Senior Center, said the juvenile wheelchair is too small for an average-sized adult. She said she had a request from Warren County Schools saying there is an urgent need for one at Mariam Boyd Elementary School. The board adopted a resolution conveying the wheelchair to Warren County School System for $1.

On the recommendation of Public Utilities Director Macon Robertson, commissioners authorized him to advertise for construction bids for the District III Eaton’s Ferry Bridge Project. Awarding the contract will be contingent upon receipt of approvals from all applicable state agencies.

The board also authorized Robertson to pursue funding for a Pleasant Hill Pump Station replacement project and scheduled required public hearings for April 7 and April 16, both at 5:45 p.m.

Commissioners adopted a schedule for developing a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It includes a proposed budget presentation May 5, work sessions May 21 and 29, a public hearing June 18, a work session June 23 and a special meeting to adopt a budget June 25. All meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Armory Civic Center.

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