Lawrence County tax board members approve grants for 2010

Friday, December 18, 2009
The Lawrence County Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD)discussed its 2010 projected budget, camp scholarships and allotted grant money during the Nov. 30 LCDD board meeting.

In his report, LCDD Director George Woodward noted the 2010 projected income will be $421,669, of which $65,169 is the estimated carry-over amount from 2009.

In addition, Woodward noted there has been more interaction with developmentally disabled individuals due to the larger amount of space at the new community center.

"One individual who could not stay at the old community center for any length of time came to the new center and watched a movie," said Woodward.

Looking to projected funds for 2010, the LCDD board approved $30,000 for the Related Service Program (RSP), which was in line with the 2009 budget, and approved $10,000 for camp scholarships, which was a $1,000 increase from 2009.

The board also heard presentations made by representatives from various organizations who attended the meeting to request funding assistance.

The first grant request was from Debbie Young with Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) on behalf of the Foster Grandparents program, which consists of 63 volunteers in a 14-county area. The LCDD board approved $1,661, which will be used for mileage reimbursement. In 2009, the Foster Grandparents program did not receive grant money from the LCDD board.

The second grant request came from OATS, which is a transportation service for area senior citizens and the developmentally disabled. The service also provides transportation for the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center and Oakview State School in Monett. The LCDD board approved the $1,000 grant request. The LCDD tax board did not provide grant money to this program in 2009.

The next request was from the Monett Area Workshop for its annual transportation grant. Board members passed a motion allotting $71,548 for the grant.

Plummer said the Workshop employs 22 developmentally disabled citizens "who love to come to work."

The next grant request was for Community Support Services, which provides case management for developmentally disabled citizens in Lawrence and Barry County. The $14,148 grant request was unanimously passed by LCDD board members.

The Joplin Regional Center, which serves clients in Lawrence, Jasper and Barry counties, received $53,200 in grant money from the LCDD tax board, of which $16,000 will be used for an individual who will be transferring from a community waiver to a comprehensive waiver.

The next request was made by a representative from Drury University's Music Therapy program, which primarily targets autistic clients. LCDD board allocated $60,913 in grant money for the program.

The Barry-Lawrence Development Center had two grant requests; a $500 grant for the First Steps program and a $25,000 grant for operation and transportation costs. Both grants were approved.

The final grant request came from Alternative Opportunities to provide social trips, such as taking people to dinner. The $5,000 grant request was approved by the LCDD board.

In other business, the LCDD board:

* Announced a tentative date of Jan. 20, 2010, for an open house event at the new community center.

* Authorized LCDD board officers to review insurance bids for the community center and determine which company will be providing the insurance.

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