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9/21/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
CCDA awards $400,890 in grant funding to Clinton County projects

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Clinton County Development Association (CCDA) Sept. 18 approved its annual Fund B grant awards for projects under $75,000, awarding 23 grants totaling $400,890 for community improvement projects in Clinton County.

Funding amounts range from $1,200 for youth hunter education to $67,500 to the Welton Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new pumper truck.

Although the list of grant awards provided by the CCDA is for 23 projects, board members specifically agreed to withhold funding from one of the projects after member Matt Stammeyer said there was a "late development" that requires further review.

The application will be reviewed by the Fund B subcommittee, made up of Stammeyer, Jerome Burken and Jim McGraw.

The CCDA refused to identify which of the projects was not funded. Stammeyer said it was a matter of fairness to the applicant.

The total funding amount of $400,890 is $890 above CCDA's budgeted amount. Fullerton said money from the overage will come from the organization's general fund.

If the application under review does not receive funding, Stammeyer said the CCDA would be "well below" its $400,000 budget.

Board member Les Shields said he's proud CCDA is providing assistance to several public safety organizations.

Five of the grants awarded by the CCDA will go to local fire departments to purchase equipment.

"There were lots of good applicants. It was difficult to score," Stammeyer said.

"We spread our monies as far as we could."

Stammeyer said some grant applicants failed to meet the requirement of receiving 70 percent of all available points to be considered, while others met the minimum score requirement but were rejected for other reasons, such as math errors or failing to complete and sign all of the application documents.

The board discussed a need for additional education for grant writers, and Stammeyer proposed hiring someone to produce an online tutorial to explain the CCDA's grant procedures and requirements.

Board president Tom Fullerton said the information could be sent to any organizations that have applied for grants within the last five years when CCDA reviews its funding guidelines later this year.

CCDA's Fund B grant awards are:

•Camanche Community School district, $17,500, wrestling/multi-purpose room.

•Camanche Volunteer Fire Department, $7,200, firefighting equipment.

•Charlotte Fire Fighters Association, $7,840, thermal imaging camera project.

•City of DeWitt, $25,000, new bridge for Skeffington Memorial Trail.

•Clinton Community School District Education Foundation, $25,000, weight room equipment.

•Clinton County Hunter Education Group, $1,200, youth hunter education.

•Clinton Fire Department, $30,000, rescue tools replacement.

•Clinton Kiwanis Club Foundation, $19,000, Clinton Fourth of July Festival.

•Clinton Kiwanis Club Foundation, $14,500, Lumberjack Festival.

•Clinton Kiwanis Club Foundation, $2,000, Telling the American Lumber Saga Through Modern Media.

•Clinton Symphony Orchestra Association, $1,450, June 2014 Clinton Symphony Pops Concert.

•Clinton Trees Forever, $4,900, replacement tree planting on south entry into Clinton.

•DeWitt Chamber and Development Co., $5,500, new website.

•Felix Adler Memorial Association, $3,000, 25th annual Felix Adler Day Festival.

•Fishing Has No Boundaries, $3,000, Fishing Has No Boundaries program.

•Friends of Riverview Stadium, $52,800, River View Stadium/Ashford University Field.

•Grand Mound Ball Park, $4,500, electrical system.

•Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Co./ Clinton County Fireworks Association, $12,000, Independence Day 2014 fireworks display.

•Low Moor Volunteer Fire Department, $18,000, rescue equipment.

•Paul B. Sharar Foundation for Clinton Community College, $52,000, lecture hall 116 renovation.

•River King and Queen Athletic Booster Club, $25,000, Clinton High School turf replacement.

•Skyline Center Inc., $2,000, day habilitation and community center improvement project.

•Welton Volunteer Fire Department, $67,500, pumper firetruck.

As noted, CCDA has not approved funding for one of the projects listed above but declined to name which project was omitted from funding.

Board denies

Symphony of Lights request

CCDA denied a request for $6,000 in emergency funding for the Clinton Symphony of Lights, determining the request was for operating expenses CCDA does not cover.

Fullerton said the Jaycees Foundation organizes the event and is in a cash crunch due to $6,000 in bulbs it purchased last year that were never delivered.

"It reads to me like they're asking for operational costs. That's something we don't do," Stammeyer said.

"We wouldn't be buying bulbs. We'd be replenishing their account," Fullerton said. The board reached consensus the request is beyond the scope of CCDA's funding policy.

Other business

In other business:

•Nathan Sondergroth of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce reported the chamber is in the process of accepting applications for a new administrative assistant following the resignation of Tracy Trenkamp.

The chamber has an ongoing agreement to provide administrative services to the CCDA.

Sondergroth said he expects to have a timeline for a new hire at the October CCDA meeting.

Jennifer Gutierrez is serving as acting administrative assistant for CCDA during the transition period.

•There were no updates on a proposal to establish an emergency services grant pool or the Riverview Park band shell project.

•CCDA approved a six-month extension to the city of Camanche for a grant to make electrical improvements at Platt Park and to the Clinton Rotary Club for a grant for playground equipment at Emma Young Park.

•Wild Rose Casino assistant general manager/controller Gus Linke reported casino revenues were down $170,000 in August over the prior month, to $2.89 million.

Wild Rose is implementing a new customer service training program and adding multiple promotions and giveaways in an effort to increase traffic and revenue in the fourth quarter, Linke said.

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