Commissioners Sign Grant Paperwork for Multi-Purpose Building

The Marshall County Commissioners reviewed grant paperwork that will be submitted to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs on Friday. The Marshall County 4-H Fair Association is seeking a $500,000 grant to build a multi-purpose building on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Argos.

Shannon McLeod from Priority Project Resources gave the commissioners a rundown of all of the paperwork that needed to be signed by the commissioners on Monday. One change that needed to be highlighted was the elimination of the memorandum of understanding. She noted that the wording in that document was transferred to a sub-recipient agreement so both aren’t needed.

Another change pertained to the match money. There is a local match of $300,000 which is coming from the Town of Argos and fundraising efforts. McLeod explained that in the previous paperwork, the county was not contributing any money toward the project. At the request of the Marshall County 4-H Fair Association, the county council approved a motion in January to approve a $215,000 pledge toward the project instead of a bank loan. That money would not need to be appropriated until 2019, if awarded the grant. That agreement comes with the understanding that if the grant is not awarded, the county’s annual payment agreement to the fair association of $24,000 per year remains in effect. If it is awarded, that payment is suspended for a period of nine years and may not need to be further appropriated after that term.

Several other statistics were changed in the application. The commissioners unanimously approved all changes and permitted Commission President Kevin Overmyer to sign all documentation.