Group Nabs Coordinator Grant

CELINA — After receiving a grant, a local organization will be able to continue with additional moneys to help fund a watershed official.

During the Grand Lake Wabash/Watershed Alliance’s Joint Board meeting on Thursday, board members were notified they received the grant for Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker’s position.

“We were notified we got the watershed coordinator’s grant,” said Karen Balster with the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

When the group applied for the grant, Balster noted they applied for a three-year grant.

“Through the one that we received, it is up for renewal once every year, so we will have to re-apply every year,” Balster said. “This will help to pay for her (Walker’s) position.”

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the board was up for reorganization.

“They kept their same positions,” Balster said.

This year, Allen Imwalle will continue as chair, Tom Harrod will continue as vice chair and Rick Muhlenkamp will continue as secretary/treasurer.

“We also accepted the alternatives, so that way there’s someone if one of them can’t make it,” Balster said.

Board members also approved a $100 sponsorship for the Mercer County Fair. Balster noted GLWWA also supports the Auglaize County Fair and the Darke County Fair in some way.

The other item on the board members’ agenda was the cost of living adjustment.

“The Mercer County Commissioners review all the offices and if they can give a 2 percent raise increase for cost of living,” Balster said, noted they voted to try for the increase. “The Mercer County board will ultimately decide if we give it.”

The next meeting of the GLWWA Joint Board will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Mercer County Central Services Building in Celina.