City awards $313,000 in sales tax grants

By Rod Haxton, editor

Non-profit organizations in Scott County have been awarded $313,000 in grants made possible by a one-half cent Scott City sales tax.

Grants are distributed annually by a Sales Tax Committee following written applications and presentations by individuals representing the organizations.

This year, there were 17 recipients with the largest grant of $50,000 being awarded to the Scott Recreation Commission, $45,000 to the Scott Community Golf Course and $40,000 to the Scott County Historical Society.

 

While the SRC has several projects on the board, the lion’s share of the funding will be used to make a $37,914 payment on light poles installed at the Sports Complex several years ago.

Another improvement planned this spring is to replace railroad ties and rock around the backstops of the four ball fields with concrete. This area can be used as lawn chair seating for fans.

The golf course has traditionally been one of the largest recipients of grant funding.

A new purchase this year will be a chemical applicator mule and greens roller ($16,000).

Grant funds also assist with annual expenses such as cart path improvements, summer labor and grounds maintenance.

Another major recipient is the historical society which uses most of their $40,000 grant to pay the wages of two part-time employees and a custodian which is approximately $33,000.

The Walking Trail Committee, in association with the Scott Community Foundation, was awarded $23,300 to complete the final phase of the trail in Palmer Park and begin expanding the trail along the old railroad right-of-way.

 

New Recipients

A new recipient of grant funding is the Scott County Fair board which received $25,000 of their $30,000 request so it can update the public address system in the grandstand, rodeo arena and on the Midway.

In order to upgrade its playground area, Golden Rule Pre-School was awarded $15,000. The playground is located immediately north of the United Methodist Church and is also available to the public.

Plans are to extend concrete under all the playground equipment. Mulch will be replaced with a rubberized tile that will be installed by volunteers.

Stepping Up, a program that assists individuals trying to break away from a life of addiction, or who have been victims of abuse, was awarded $15,000 to assist in improvements to the recently acquired Stepping Inn Motel.

Funding will assist with repairs and remodeling of the motel on north US83 Highway. The motel provides temporary housing to those individuals and families who qualify for the program.

The Scott County VIP Center has been awarded $17,300 to assist with building maintenance, custodian wages and bus operations.

Friends of Lake Scott also received a $5,000 boost in their “Save the Arches” campaign. They are rebuilding the arches at the historic Lake Scott Beach House.

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