¬† 04/18/12 During Monday‚Äôs Marshall County Commissioner‚Äôs meeting representatives from various agencies who receive annual funding assistance from the County discussed their services and cliental.
Marshall County 4-H receives $29,000 from the county.¬† Kim Bates, Treasurer of the Fair Board said $3,500 is used by the 4-H Council for awards and the remainder by the Fair-board for building maintenance and fair operations.¬† Last year approximately 600 4-H members had 1,800 projects on display in the Exhibit building while 500 youth shows 1,515 animals at the fair.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Marshall County each receive $5,000 annually.¬† Billie Treber representing the clubs in Plymouth and Bremen said the overall membership in Plymouth is 500 with an average daily attendance of 98.¬† The Bremen club‚Äôs membership is 190 with the average attendance at 56.¬† Membership in the club is $50 yearly with the Plymouth Club having year round attendance while the Bremen Club is open during the school year.
The Culver Boys & Girls Club operates year round with a membership fee of $25.¬† Cory Monnier, Unit Supervisor explained that when a student graduates from high school we want them to be prepared for college, the military or for the workforce.¬† He said their program prides itself on promoting healthy choices and offers a USDA healthy snack daily and 45 minutes of recreation.¬† There are several fundraisers the club has to generate the revenue for operations.
Marshall Starke Development Center receives $100,000 annually with most of the funds being used to transport youths and adults for their programming.¬† The Center serves 468 folks with disabilities on a $5.5 million budget.¬† They have 185 employees who work in the Early Head Start, Head Start and Adult programs.
Jackie Wright from Older Adult Services spoke about the transportation they offer.¬† Currently they have 8 vehicles and will be getting another one this summer.¬† She explained that the $7,500 from the County is used as part of the dollar for dollar match needed to acquire $140,000 from INDOT for transportation.¬† She noted that the City of Plymouth also provided funds in the amount of $6,000.
Wanda Norris from the Soil & Water Conservation District said the nearly $11,000 they receive is used for supplementing the full time position and providing conservation education programing for students.
$40,000 is given to the Marshall County Humane Society annually to care for lost, abandoned, and stray dogs and cats in the county. Their staff included 2 full-time and 2 part-time employees.¬† They have 16 dog runs and weekly Heartland Animal Rescue weekly comes to the center and takes dogs to rescue.¬† There were 33 animal bite cases last year with all but 2 being family pets that bit.¬† They also do several fundraisers a year to keep the shelter open and have an active board who volunteer with the fundraising efforts.
The final agency was the Bowen Center.¬† Jay Baumgartner explained that Indiana Code requires Counties to pay for mental health services in the county.¬† The payment formula for 2013 will be $274,880. ¬†Rob Ryan, Director of Out Patient Services aid they serve a little over 2,000 patients from Marshall County each year.