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Council waits on food pantry vote


July 25, 2012
The Crawford County Council, meeting in regular session Tuesday, July 10, at the judicial complex in English, tabled a request for assistance from the Crawford County United Ministries until it can review the county's finances.

Laura Zipp, a volunteer with the organization, which has a food pantry at Leavenworth and a utility assistance program, made the request for $2,500 from the county's riverboat wagering fund after first giving an overview of how CCUM spent the $2,500 it was given last year.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. The money you gave us last year helped immensely," she said, noting about half was used for equipment and services and half for mileage reimbursement.

If given another $2,500, CCUM, which served 132 families in June, again would use it to pay office expenses and to purchase equipment, said Zipp, who was joined by Pastor Deb Reichenbach.

"We need a trailer and a new freezer, and we need big Coleman coolers for when we go far distances and have to transport something that is perishable," she said.

While CCUM acquires much of its food from nearby sources, including the Salvation Army in New Albany and Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, it does get food from as far away as Lynnville, in Warrick County.

"The food's available, but, if we don't have a way to pick it up and get it distributed, you've missed the boat," Jerry Brewer, president of the council, said.

Councilman Steve Bartels, however, reiterated his position from a year ago that tax dollars should not go to a faith-based group, even though he believes CCUM is a good organization that he personally has supported.

"I agree," Councilwoman Sharon Wilson added.

Following more discussion, Councilman Joey Robinson asked Zipp if CCUM could wait on a decision until the council can review its finances for the upcoming year.

"I'd like to wait until we had one more budget workshop," Robinson said after Zipp answered that the organization would not mind waiting. "I don't want to promise you money that we don't have."

Later in the meeting, the council set its 2013 budget workshop for Sept. 11 at the judicial complex. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by the board's regular monthly meeting at 7.

The council then will adopt the budget following an all-day session on Sept. 25 that will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The council also changed its meeting date for next month to Aug. 21. The meeting still will be at 7 p.m. at the judicial complex.

In other business, the council voted (Councilman Doug McLain was absent) to reappoint Don Standiford to the Crawford County Public Library Board of Trustees and to approve several transfers and advertised additional appropriation requests. Both measures were approved 6-0.

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