$100k boost for Marion County Industries

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Funds will help acquire grant for new location

By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Association for the Handicapped is looking for a new home for Marion County Industries, and last week they got some help in that effort.
The Marion County Fiscal Court and the Marion County Industrial Foundation agreed to contribute $50,000 each in matching funds in order to qualify for a Community Development Block Grant.
The initial grant application was submitted in April, and at that time the court agreed to put up $125,000 in matching funds while seeking a $495,000 grant.
Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said state officials told him they like the project, but there was a perception that the state had already given a lot of money to Marion County. He was told if the county could come up with another $100,000, then they would be likely to receive a $395,000 grant.
Magistrate John Arthur Elder spoke in favor of putting up the additional funds.
?It will allow the Marion County Association for the Handicapped to expand,? he said.
Marion County Industries was established in 1974 as a workshop program for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. In 1978, the workshop moved into a 4,800 square foot building at 516 Workshop Road in Lebanon.
Now, they are looking to move into at 41,194 square foot building at 748 W. Main Street, which previously housed Ken-Mar and AAR Summa Technologies.
Communicare Inc., which provides services for the clients at Marion County Industries, has also agreed to take on the maintenance costs with the industries.
Later in the meeting, Judge Mattingly and the magistrates agreed to donate a combined $2,700 from their community project funds to the handicapped association.

In other business:
- The court approved a $60,000 transfer to the Marion County Detention Center in order to cover payroll costs in case the jail does not receive its payment from the state in time.
This is the second transfer the fiscal court has approved for the jail during the 2013-14 fiscal year. The court approved a previous transfer of $60,000 at its Aug. 15 meeting.
On another jail matter, the county received the annual inspection report from the Department of Corrections. The Marion County Detention Center was found to be in compliance in each area.
- The court approved purchasing a new boiler with a copper tube for the building that houses the 21st Century Learning Center. The boiler will cost around $17,386 and will be delivered between four and six weeks. The price includes labor, materials and a state boiler permit.
- The county received copies of the Marion County Soil Conservation District?s annual and financial reports.
- The court approved making road name and address changes that will affect more than 200 properties in Marion County as part of its efforts to comply with requirements to implement E911.
Judge Mattingly said the post office is assisting in notifying some residents by mail. The magistrates agreed to help contact residents as well.
Mattingly added that Ron Householder of MapSync said they should be ready to submit their initial geospatial audit in a few weeks.
- The court approved $1,320 toward the Newspapers in Education program. Judge Mattingly approved $600 from his community welfare fund and the magistrates divided the remaining $720 between their community project funds.
The Lebanon Enterprise provides the newspaper for the local Newspapers in Education program.
- The court approved giving a $1,000 donation to the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation. According to a letter from First Lady Jane Beshear, the state will host the Mansion Centennial Celebration during the week of Jan. 20, 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Governor?s Mansion in Frankfort.
Donations will go toward the purchase of new, handcrafted chairs for the mansion. Students at Berea College are designing, building and upholstering the chairs.
- Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson will be part of the search committee seeking the next Kentucky emergency management director.