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Use of community center continues

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

STAUNTON -- As far as the Staunton Town Council is concerned, a group of community volunteers can continue using the community center to help raise funds for the facility.

During its monthly meeting Monday, the council met with members of the Lady Volunteers of Staunton to continue discussion regarding their fundraising efforts for the community center.

For several months, volunteers have used the facility to conduct dinners, with all proceeds going to the continual upkeep of the building.

During their August meeting, council members informed the volunteers the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) had been contacted just to make sure the volunteers had the OK to conduct the dinners.

The volunteers had set up an account to place money from the dinners before giving it back to town officials.

In addition, because all the money donated is going directly to the center, the volunteers have not paid rent for the facility during dinners through a mutual agreement with the council.

But council members told the volunteers in August the SBOA said either the town has to take over the account or the volunteers should begin paying rent for the facility when having an event.

SBOA officials also told the town it had to decide between the two options in order to avoid an audit.

On Monday, Council member Brad Webster said he had contacted the Indiana State Board of Accounts to further discuss the issue.

He said SBOA officials told him it would be in the best interest of the volunteers to pay rent for the facility as well as provide insurance.

In addition, the council determined they were fine with the direction the volunteers had taken since they have already started renting the facility for dinners.

Meanwhile, the volunteers and council members discussed the possibility of setting up decorations in the community center.

Board members and volunteers both expressed a desire to have Staunton memorabilia hanging throughout the facility, including old high school band uniforms and photographs.

They discussed placing the memorabilia in shadow boxes throughout the center's main entrance.

"I think that would be neat," council member Andy Kirchner said.

The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the community center.

Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10.

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