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Parsons distributes Harman funding

October 10, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Parsons City Council listened to different proposals on how to distribute monies from the William Mahan Harman Memorial Fund to local boards and committees Tuesday.

Four application were considered during the special meeting, which is held annually.

Council documents state that the Parsons Cemetery Committee requested $20,682.58; the Parsons Park Board requested $62,388.68; Five Rivers Public Library requested $42,000; and the Benefits of the Citizens of Parsons Committee requested $63,250.34.

The four requests totaled $188,321.60.

However, during Tuesday's meeting, city officials pointed out that the memorial fund only contains $134,453.37. This meant that the initial requests would need to be reduced by $53,868.23 to match up with the possible allotment.

After each request was examined, two budget proposals were presented - one each by City Recorder Connie Collins and Councilman Tim Auvil.

Collins' report suggested that the cemetery receive $18,500, the park board receive $47,897, the library receive $37,500.37 and the Citizens of Parsons Committee receive $30,556.

Auvil's report proposed that the cemetery receive $18,000, the park board receive $56,000, the library receive $32,000 and the Citizens of Parsons Committee receive $28,453.37.

In both proposals, each group would receive less than their initial request. The Citizens of Parsons Committee absorbed the largest cut in each proposal.

After the proposals were presented, council voted and passed Auvil's proposal.

The complete breakdown of Auvil's proposal includes the following:

- A total of $18,000 will go to the cemetery.

- The library will receive $23,000 for benefits/extended services; $500 for books; and $8,500 for library improvements.

- The park board will receive $32,000 for the Mill Race and River City parks operations, and $24,000 for wellness center operations.

-The Citizens of Parsons Committee will receive $10,000 for police; $8,453.37 for the sewer department; $5,500 for the raw water intake pump repair; $2,500 for the Corricks Ford Battlefield grant match; $500 for external improvements for the railroad depot; and $1,500 for the Christmas parade.

Auvil cut out funding entirely for street construction, replacing the roof at the old water intake station, and equipment and lighting replacements for the Parsons Wellness Center.

He said the cuts for street construction would not impact city workers' ability to repair potholes throughout winter.

Several members of the library were present at the meeting.

Auvil asked, before the meeting was over, if they would like to amend the way in which funds were going to be distributed to them.

In Auvil's proposal, $23,000 would be allotted for benefits and extended services and $500 would be allotted for the purchase of books.

Library members accepted Auvil's suggestion that the money for books be placed into the benefits and extended services. This amendment increased the amount allotted for benefits and extended services to $23,500.

The total amount given to the library was unchanged, at $32,000.

Council passed the amendment.



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