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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • County OKs contribution to museum

  • The Leavenworth County Commission Monday approved a contribution toward helping a local historical group repair its building.
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  • The Leavenworth County Commission Monday approved a contribution toward helping a local historical group repair its building.
    The Leavenworth Historical Museum Association had previously approached the commission in late May with a request for $5,800 to aid in repairs to the roof at one of the organization's three buildings, the First City Museum, 743 Delaware St. in Leavenworth.
    Del Sanders, president of the LHMS board, said at the time that a combination of factors, including a change to in the arrange for the group's mortgage on the building, prevented them from having the funds needed to pay for the repairs themselves. Sanders had asked the county for all or part of those needed funds, though the commission asked County Administrator Pat Hurley to talk to the city of Leavenworth about a possible contribution from them first. Hurley said he did talk to Leavenworth's city manager, Scott Miller.
    “He said based on other obligations, they were not inclined to share the costs for this,” Hurley said.
    Commissioner Dennis Bixby asked which of the county's funds the commission would authorize the expense from, should they decide to fulfill the request. Hurley said the sum would likely be allocated from the county's 215 capital reserve fund.
    “It's fairly substantial,” Hurley said, regarding the balance of the fund. “But it's also for capital improvements of our own.”
    That includes road improvements and any “enhancements” over the base that the commission wishes to include in the 2014 fiscal year budget, among other scheduled expenditures.
    “I would not be in favor of giving you all the money,” Bixby said. “I'm in favor of kind of a matching thing.”
    Sanders said he had so far gotten commitments from two different donors for $1,000 each for a total of $2,000. Bixby made a motion for the commission to donate another $2,925 to the effort, a motion that passed unanimously. Sanders after the vote thanked the commission and assured them that the group would continue looking for the remaining costs.
    “We'll find it some way,” he said.
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