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Probation office seeks second additional funding

In July, Chief Probation Officer Orlan Foster spoke before the Fayette County Council to request additional funds for the county probation department.

Foster said the department has been able to stay right at their budget of $40,000 for five years now, so his request of an additional $20,000 was unusual. It had been a busy year though and inflated prices were not making things easy. This necessitated the extra funds for juvenile detention.

The County approved the additional funds and moved on with their business.

Now three months later, Foster was again before the council to request an additional $20,000.

There are some things that can not be anticipated on the end of the probation office, and some of those unexpected circumstances are what lead to the second request for funds in three months.

“Since that time, I’ve had one juvenile remain in detention for the entire time,” said Foster. “They’ve ate thirteen thousand and change of that twenty thousand. Had two others that were in during that time, so since I was here last time asking for $20,000 we’ve spent $20,720.”

Though those in juvenile detention did run through the budget the department had, Foster said there was some good news.

“Some good things, we got one of them moved to home detention, which isn’t costing us nearly as much,” said Foster. “Possibly even nothing. We got one of them moved to a state facility currently being evaluated for placement, so we’re not on the hook for that one. And then we have one more who’s hopefully going to get out of detention tomorrow at court, but regardless we’re out of money.”

Foster had previously said the per diem cost for the two that were in detention at the time is $140, which means the one who had remained in detention the entire 92 days between requests would have required a minimum of $12,880 alone.

The Council President Mike Wenta said he would not argue with giving the funds to the department as they needed it, and board member Scott Bevington acknowledged that the office needed the funds, before making the motion to approve the additional $20,000.

The council unanimously approved the funds for the department.

Foster said he is hopeful this would be the last time the Council has to grant him more funding.

“Hopefully after this hitch that we don’t have to place anymore kids this year, but as I talked to you before when I was here we have no way of predicting that,” Foster said.

Through a donation, Whitewater Adult Education was able to purchase 20 $20 Walmart gift cards. They are using them to recognize perfect attendance (no absences or tardies) each month. In September, three students received this award. Pictured with WAE Coordinator, Amy Engle is is Brooklynn M., receiving her card. Regular Attendance is the fastest way to get your HS diploma.

Perfect attendance

Girl (Scout) Power

Saturday at Roberts Park, local Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate fall.

“The Girl Scouts created some masterpieces utilizing leaves, twigs and more,” Melanie Maxwell, Membership Campaign Manager said. “Girls were encouraged to share their work with someone to brighten their day.”

The event was held from 3 to 5 p.m. The art created was donated to nursing home residents in Fayette County.

“The last time we did this we had over 60 girls gathered to make Christmas wreaths for nursing home residents.”

Girl Scouts are still registering for this membership year. To register visit https://www.girlscouts.org/

On November 18, at 6 p.m. in Roberts Park, girls will gather to help the princess across the pond by using recycled materials. Girls will get the chance to engineer their own solution, helping the princess cross the water as fast as possible.

“We invite all girls to take on this challenge, and learn more about Girl Scouts and STEM.”

History of Girl Scouts

Juliette Gordon Low had a dream.

In March 1912, when she brought that first group of girls together in Savannah, Georgia, she wanted them to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them – and she wanted them to do it together.

Along with Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy,” these first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to tell time by the stars. And most importantly, they shared a sense of adventure and a belief that they could do anything. And just like Girl Scouts do across the country and around the globe today, they offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to improve their corner of the world.

Since the founding of the Girl Scout Movement more than a century ago, Daisy’s small circle of girls has grown to include nearly 2 million girl members and more than 50 million Girl Scout alums – united across the decades by a spirit of lifelong friendship and shared adventure and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place.

Roberts Park Pool to receive several repairs

Back at the Aug. 23 Connersville Park Board Meeting, Parks Superintendent Katherine Good said the Roberts Park pool would be needing repair work done.

At the time of that meeting, it was revealed that a known leak in the pool had grown much worse over this year, as it had nearly doubled the water usage to fill the pool and there were nearly 80,000 gallons of water leaking from the pool each day.

This created the added expense of using double the chemicals to treat the pool water and replace the water that leaks out each day.

Once the pool closed a more thorough inspection was conducted to find the extent of the repairs that needed to be made to fix the pool.

The quote on repairs officially came in along with a price to carry them out as well.

As for the repairs the pool will need, Good said the pool will need to have the liner replaced as suspected, in addition to that the gutter grids and splash pad liner will also be replaced, as well as the pool filter which was already planned as secondary maintenance.

These repairs come with a price. The price tag will ultimately carry a $170,000 bottom line.

The liner was replaced previously in 1997 for $90,000.

Paying for the repairs was feared to be a tricky situation. Originally it was feared the pool may have to close for a year to recoup funds to carry out the work.

At the Oct. 4 City Council meeting, the council approved advertising the $170,000 to pay for the repairs to the pool.

The repair would require a one third down payment and the rest would be paid next year as the work is done and ultimately completed.

The approval of the additional appropriation will make it possible to get the necessary work done to keep the pool functional and operational going forward, thus keep a resource to the community open.