Eight area nonprofit groups went before a Columbia City Council final week to benefaction requests for yearly appropriations to account a services they yield for a region.
Representatives from a James K. Polk Association, Crimestoppers, Boys Girls Club of Maury County, Center of Hope, Columbia CARES, Maury County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance, Columbia Main Street and Keep Maury Beautiful were in attendance.
John Holtzapple, executive of a James K. Polk Home and Museum, pronounced a organisation routinely receives $3,000 annually from a city, $2,400 of that went to account an ad in an internationally distributed Tennessee vacation beam final year. The organisation wants a city to cruise lifting a series to $5,000, partly since 2016 will symbol a 200th anniversary of a home’s construction and a organisation skeleton to applaud by adding new programs and recreating 1816 life, he said.
“Columbia is usually one of about 48 communities, we believe, via a United States with an strange presidential home that’s open to a public. So, as such, we know a Polk home is a internal landmark and a source of county pride, though we also yield mercantile and educational advantages to Columbia,” he said.
As a tourism landmark that draws between 10,000-12,000 visitors any year, there is also a need for employees. As of now there are usually two, Holtzapple said, while others are particularly on a proffer basis. The additional supports would yield some-more resources that they will need as they ready for not usually a anniversary, though a increasing series of tourists it competence attract, he said.
The Boys Girls Club of Maury County’s goal has been to take kids from “at-risk” to “at-promise” and yield peculiarity after-school care, executive executive Chris Poynter pronounced before giving his display to a council.
“Today’s era is a initial era of immature people who are likely to finish worse off than their parents, and we consider that’s a unusual and fascinating statistic given a swell we’ve done in doing all to get to 2015,” he said. “And that’s radically in any difficulty — economically, health and even academically.”
Poynter spoke about a organization’s educational box government program, or what he calls a “opening doors to good futures” program. In a partnership essentially with a Maury County propagandize system, a module allows Boys Girls Club staff to entrance genuine time annals and assignments for a students by holding a three-pronged approach, he said.
“The initial proceed is that, by a propagandize system, we’re means to entrance real-time information by a propagandize complement called iNow. We have 4 teachers during any one of a approved locations that are straightforwardly means to demeanour during what we would call ‘flagged’ or ‘at-risk’ immature people in a program,” Poynter said. “What we do is examination this information any day to establish a needs of a kids on a daily basis.”
The second proceed is by a module called Stride Academy. This module allows for staff to establish where a child is academically, such as a fifth-grader reading during a third-grade level, he said.
The third, and many critical approach, he said, is carrying a approved tutors that work directly with a propagandize teachers.
Keep Maury Beautiful President Diane McKee and proffer teacher Betty Jo Daniel presented Mayor Dean Dickey with a certificate of appreciation for a city’s continued support and efforts of recycling and spawn control.
However, one area McKee pronounced a city could use some additional work on is how it enforces tickets for littering.
“In 2013-14 there was one sheet given for $50,” she said. “In this benefaction year there’s been no tickets given out. So we know that they spawn and substantially some-more dire things for a law coercion to do than emanate tickets for litter, though we have such a outrageous problem in this county.”
In a subsequent year, Keep Maury Beautiful, that is an associate of Keep Tennessee Beautiful, hopes to reason a luncheon for all county law coercion officers, including member from a Tennessee Department of Transportation, in sequence to serve teach officers on spawn laws.
“First, it starts out as a misdemeanor. The second time they get it, a misconduct goes adult to a aloft classification, and a third time it ends adult apropos a felony. So it’s flattering critical and not usually usually a littering of trash, though also people ‘tarping’ their vehicles when they go to preference centers to chuck divided their trash,” McKee said.
Columbia CARES executive Tim Jones spoke about his organization’s use to a region’s members vital with AIDS. Jones pronounced what creates a classification singular is that it is a usually one of a kind in a 12 South Central Region. It receives $3,000 any year, mostly for group utilities.
“Over a past 11 months, we’ve served over 120 folks. 40 percent of those reside in Columbia or Maury County. We’ve supposing those folks with amicable services, and those are HIV certain or when they are vital with AIDS,” Jones said. “We have severely appreciated a support [council has] given us in a past and we’ll respectfully ask an additional $3,000 for this subsequent mercantile year.”