Leavenworth city commissioners may soon vote to provide $50,000 to help the Alliance Against Family Violence once again offer services.

Leavenworth city commissioners may soon vote to provide $50,000 to help the Alliance Against Family Violence once again offer services.

Representatives of the Alliance met with commissioners Tuesday.

No formal action was taken during the meeting, which was a study session. But commissioners reached a consensus to advance the funding request for a final vote during a future meeting.

The Alliance previously provided services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Leavenworth County. But the organization shut down in November.

Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, said the person who was serving the director of the Alliance at the time laid off the staff because the organization could not meet payroll, and services were shut down.

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence is working with the new Alliance Against Family Violence Board of Directors to help the Alliance once again offer services in Leavenworth County.

The Alliance's four new board members attended Tuesday's meeting. Grover said they are trying to recruit additional board members.

The Alliance requested $50,000 in funding from the City Commission as a match to the first $50,000 the board members are able to raise through fundraising efforts.

A similar request was made earlier this month to the Leavenworth County Commission. County commissioners voted to release $55,000 in funds to the Alliance provided the organization is able to raise an additional $50,000.

The County Commission had allocated up to $55,000 in financial assistance for the Alliance in the county's 2018 budget. But that money was never released because the Alliance discontinued its services.

Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger said Tuesday that the city does not have a line item in its budget for the Alliance. He asked how the city would pay the funding request.

Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer recommended drawing on the city's reserves.

Stan Cherrie, who serves on the new Alliance board, said the board's main objective now is fundraising.

"We won't be dragging our feet," he said.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens expressed support for assisting the Alliance.

On average, Leavenworth police officers respond to two domestic violence cases every 24 hours, he said.

"It is a tremendous burden on our community," he said.

He said it is vital that the Alliance Against Family Violence reopens.

City Commissioner Larry Dedeke asked if other cities in the county have been approached by the Alliance with requests for assistance.

Grover said other cities have not been contacted but "that will happen."

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