Over $70k going to local groups and events

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Council approved a report from its Finance Committee on Tuesday that would provide funds to local organizations and events. The annual Community Funds distribution is made possible through the city’s hotel/motel tax (also known as the bed tax).

Through the tax, the Finance Committee suggested the distribution of $71,500. The distribution of $20,000 for Darke County Economic Development Corporation has typically been part of the Community Funds distribution, but at the urging of Mayor Steve Willman, council amended its motion to accept the committee’s report to remove the funding and place the responsibility of funding on the General Fund.

Mayor Willman said, “I thought it was important enough that the money come from the General Fund because it could fluctuate up and down throughout the years and we would struggle to find money in the Community Funds to give that to Economic Development. I always thought it would be best to have that amount of money come out of the General Fund.” He further explained it wasn’t his intent that other organizations receive additional money. Auditor Roxanne Willman shared the General Fund could support the $20,000 distribution.

The funds originally designated for Darke County Economic Development would be put into a reserve fund and used if a need arises during the year. If the funds aren’t needed they could be carried over into next year.

This year’s distribution includes increases in funding for the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) and Main Street Greenville (MSG) over last year’s distribution – DCVB $18,000; MSG $18,000; Darke Co. Historical Society $250; Darke Co. Horseshoe Ohio State Tournament $1,500; Darke Co. Horseshoe Ringer Classic $1,500; Community Events Appropriation $10,130; Gathering at Garst $250; Annie Oakley $1,000; baseball league $2,000; softball league $2,000; fireworks $11,500; and Union Cemetery $5,000.

Legislation will be prepared to appropriate the Community Funds as presented in the amended report.

In other business, council:

* Learned Barry Blanton has retired from the Greenville Fire Department after nearly 27 years of service;

* Learned work has resumed on the Donald Drive water line installation;

* Learned the city will employ Midwest Custodial for janitorial services at the Municipal Building. The cost is approximately the same as it would be to hire an individual to perform the service;

* Learned the city could switch to the MARCS radio system as early as Monday.

* Set a special meeting for March 13, 6:30 p.m., to review the proposed Downtown Redevelopment District plan with Nate Green of the Montrose Group.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be March 6, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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