Charlie Waters, education coordinator for The Mountain Institute, updated the Tucker County Commission on Tucker County Connections' current funding status, during Wednesday's commission meeting.
Waters said the organization has been actively seeking funding to cover the $3,800 cost of the one-week educational summer program it plans to offer Tucker County fifth-graders in July.
"We have applied for several grants, but we cannot be sure if we will get enough funding," Waters said.
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The Mountain Institute Educational Coordinator Charlie Waters speaks to the Tucker County Commission about funding for Tucker County Connections summer educational program, during Wednesday’s commission meeting.
Waters said she wanted to know if the commission would consider supporting the County Connections program if it is unable to raise sufficient funding through other means.
Commission President James Carr said the commission would not be able to distribute any funding until a specific financial need was determined.
"We need to find out how much money you actual have before we can decide how much money to give you," Carr said.
Waters said Tucker County Connections should have a more precise idea of its needs later in the month, after the remaining grant requests are processed.
Consequently, Carr said he thought it best if they waited until the next commission meeting, June 27, to address the issue.
Jonathan Schafler, refuge manager at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, also spoke to the commission during the meeting.
He provided an overview of some of the refuge's activities and, among other things, he said the refuge will be engaging in extensive trail building with volunteers this summer.
Regarding other business, the commission made the following actions:
- Unanimously reapportioned Anne H. Jones, executive director of the Tucker County Development Authority, to the Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Highway Authority.
- Signed a letter of support for the Alpine Heritage Preservation's work to restore Cottrill's Opera House in Thomas.
-Agreed to receive and administer grant funds from the West Virginia Community Participation Grant Program to the Flanagan Hill Development Authority, per their funding request for the paving of a parking lot at their facility.