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Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentall Disabled awards grants

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCBDD) met Feb. 23 at the Mt. Vernon library with Reneé White calling the meeting to order. Grants were passed for the Foster Grandparents and the Alternative Opportunities programs.

The board reviewed the November 2008 meeting minutes and they were accepted, seconded and passed.

Don Howard read the treasurer's reports for December 2008 and January 2009. Beginning balance in December 2008 was $101,746.94 and ending was $128,406.93. January beginning balance was $128,406.93 and ending was $71,474.62. The report was accepted, seconded and passed.

The Foster Grandparents program requested $1,846 for mileage expense for the foster grandparents who volunteer at Oakview State School and the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center. George Woodward recommended the board approve $800 as they do have access to other funding sources to help cover this expense. Woodward's recommendation was adopted.

The Alternative Opportunities program requested $6,000 to provide up to six social grant trips in 2009. This was $3,900 less than their grant in 2008. The motion was approved.

Woodward distributed the financial statement, final RSP report and the annual final budget reports for 2008. Also distributed were the January 2009 office and community center monthly report, the administrative draft budget for 2007, 2008 and 2009 and the committee funds report through January of 2009.

It was reported that OATS was getting a second bus to provide transportation to Marionville and Pierce City.

Case management reported that they were still waiting on the law to change so that DMH can contract with private agencies to provide case management services. Two workshops were being planned for this summer with Jean Hamilton.

Woodward requested $2,000 for 2009 training and workshops, and the motion was accepted. He also asked the board to consider setting aside $600 for the purchase of educational material. This also passed.

Among other business, the board approved contracts on approved grants, which were signed and on file. The lease with J.D. Pilkenton will go from month to month, and the amount of rent will remain the same.

The fundraisers at the community center have raised $243.14 from selling Valentine's Day items. These funds will purchase a Wii for the community center. The funds raised in December 2008 replaced a microwave.

Discussion was held on upgrading the current copier in the LCDD office with IKON. This was accepted.

The subject of getting a credit card for LCBDD was brought up to keep better track of purchases for the board. This item was accepted and passed.

Attending this meeting were: Anna Ford, Randy Branum, Don Howard, Martha Pettegrew, Renée White, Lana Moore and Izetta Osmond. Guests attending were: Woodward, LCBDD director; LeAnn Bussard, LCBDD office assistant; and Cathy Backs, Alternative Opportunities.

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