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Council OKs $10K for HCCS match


April 16, 2014 | 08:44 AM

The Harrison County Council Monday night agreed to give $10,000 to the Harrison County Community Services endowment fund at the Harrison County Community Foundation to take advantage of this month's two-to-one match program.

The money will come out of already budgeted funds for HCCS, and the council will have the option to vote to replenish the $10,000 back into the budget.

Councilman Gordon Pendleton was the only councilperson to vote against the motion. He was not against giving the money to the endowment, but he wanted assurance that the HCCS budget would be replenished.

Harrison County Community Services Inc., located at 101 Highway 62 just west of downtown Corydon, provides a variety of services to help the people of Harrison County meet their basic needs. The most frequently used service is the food pantry.

The Foundation will match up to $50,000, for a total of $150,000 into the endowment, for donations made in April only.

Richard (Rick) Cooper, executive director of HCCS, said they are able to draw out the interest from the endowment each year, which usually totals about $20,000, although it was $40,000 last year.

"It does help our day-to-day operations a good deal," he said.

Each year the county provides $250,000, split by two $125,000 draws, to HCCS.

With Monday's motion, unless they elect to put it back, only $240,000 will be given to HCCS for this year's budget. But the endowment will be $30,000 richer.

Anyone can contribute to the endowment for the two-to-one match. To do so, call the Foundation at 812-738-6668 or visit online at hccfindiana.org. More information about Harrison County Community Services can be found at www.hccsi.net.

Each and every category of services provided by HCCS went up in 2013 compared to 2012.

New households served increased 41 percent, from 441 to 622, and total food boxes distributed last year rose 15 percent. The amount of food that went through the system also increased by 25 percent.

In other business, the council unanimously voted to approve $27,500 of riverboat gaming funds for the lake feasibility study at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth.

"I think it'd make a big improvement down there at the park," Councilman Ralph Sherman said, before making the motion to approve the funding.

Councilman Jim Heitkemper said there are three sinkholes to the north of the proposed lake area that "could be trouble."

The results of the study should be known by early summer.

The board also approved $300,000 for public-defender fees related to the one of the county's two pending death-penalty cases.

The next county council meeting will be Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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