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April 09, 2014 | 08:42 AM
Richard (Rick) Cooper, executive director of the Harrison County Community Services, asked the board of commissioners Monday for an additional appropriation from the county to take advantage of a unique opportunity.
For the month of April, the Harrison County Community Foundation will provide a two-to-one match for any donations made to the community services' endowment fund.
The Foundation will match up to $50,000, for a total of $150,000 going into the endowment. So far, Cooper said, more than $16,000 has been donated this month.
Cooper said HCCS is able to draw the interest out of the fund each year, which is, on average, about $20,000 ($40,000 last year).
"It does help our day-to-day operations a good deal," he said.
Each year, the county provides $250,000 out of riverboat gaming funds for HCCS.
Commissioner Jim Klinstiver said he didn't know of a better cause to support and said he'll donate personally to the endowment this month. He then made a motion to send a request of $10,000 to the county council for consideration. It passed unanimously.
The county council will hear the request Monday evening.
Cooper estimated that the endowment could see another $16,000 raised, so, combined with the current total and the possible $10,000 from the county, the endowment fund would have about $42,000 of the possible $50,000 matching funds.
To contribute to the fund, call the Foundation at 738-6668 or visit online at www.hccfindiana.org.
In other business, Harrison County Land Conservation Committee secretary Eric Wise said they have two potential land plots for the conservation easement program. They are Donna Hussung's property, a 74.64-acre plot along S.R. 62 just west of Lanesville and Richard Hess's 90-acre property along Hess Jawtak Road, also near Lanesville.
Properties are placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is in place. So far, four properties have been enlisted into the program.
The land conservation program — a branch of county government dedicated to the conservation of agricultural, forest and open-space land in order to maintain a long-term business environment for agriculture and forestry in Harrison County and to protect the rural character of the county — gives property owners another alternative to selling the land for development. The easements are paid for by grant funding from the HCCF.
For anyone interested in learning about the conservation easements or to make a donation, the conservation committee is available for presentations to either groups or individuals. Visit www.harrisonfarmland.org or call Wise at 812-738-8927 for more information.
Also, Jeff Skaggs reported the grant recipients from the Local Drug Free Community Fund as follows: North Harrison, Lanesville and Corydon Central high schools, $500 each for after-prom programs; North Harrison High School SADD sponsor stipend, $700; Our Place, Footprints, substance abuse evidence-based curriculum for second graders in Harrison County, $5,000; Harrison County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Community Prevention education materials (Red Ribbon Week items), $6,000; Brandon's House for 70 substance abuse counseling sessions for Harrison County youth and families, $2,170; and The House of New Beginnings for a portion of night monitor salary, $4,000.
The commissioners' next meeting will be Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.