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2/17/2014 11:19:00 AM
Tight funds keep county from aiding spay/neuter group
Also: Board OK's $233K loan to help with purchase of car dealership.
The Crawford County Board turned down a donation request from the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation Thursday, but not because members don't support its efforts.

The request for $1,000 to help with its work to control the dog and cat population here was voted down because money is tight.

Board Chairman Gareld Bilyew referred to the group as "a great organization" while he and other board members explained their position to foundation President Linda Proskurniak. She told the board the volunteer group recently spent more than $7,000 in eight days spaying and neutering pet dogs and cats. It also captures, neuters and releases stray cats to control their population.

The budget has been set for months and the county is running about $60,000 in the red.

Board members advised Proskurniak the group should return in September, when work on the fiscal 2014 budget starts. She said they would return.

And while the county's general funds might be tight, the revolving loan fund still has cash to help local businesses. The board approved a loan recommended by the Crawford County Development Association to help some entrepreneurs buy a local car dealership.

Neely-McDonald Enterprises, doing business as Midwest Motorplex, is purchasing Robinson Ford from Terry Wiseman. The $233,300, 10-year, 2-percent loan is contingent upon Ford Motor Company's approval and the company's successfully organizing as an LLC.

Also Thursday, the board approved an engineering agreement with Connor and Connor for a new bridge near Dogwood Church. County Engineer Justin Childress explained after the county enters into a joint agreement, the federal government will pick up 80 percent of the cost of the structure. The project will be put out for bids in April.

Childress updated the board on weight limits on county roads. While weight-limit signs were put in place last month, no limits are in effect. With warmer weather a possibility next week, that could change as roads thaw out. Local residents can check the department's Facebook page for updates, he added.

Childress also told board members Crawford County is not alone in being unable to get more road salt this winter. A series of winter storms since the first of the year has left road and highway departments across the state running low and unable to order more. He believes the county has enough to battle one more events of 4 to 5 inches of snowfall.

In other business, the board:

• Received the 20th annual report from the Crawford County Health Department. Among other things, Certified Public Health Administrator Darla Tracy pointed out the report shows the department was 48 percent funded by state and federal grants last year. Another 29 percent came from fees for services and 21 percent came from tax revenues.

• Approved getting a credit card for the Crawford County Forest Preserve. Board member David Fulling will use the card to buy items for the preserve, with a cap of $2,000. Treasurer Twyla Bailey said most county departments have cards for that purpose. Allen Price cast the sole "nay" vote.

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