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Racino grants receive council approval

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

The Shelbyville Common Council approved funds for Blue River Community Foundation racino grants Monday night at City Hall.

Through a city and county partnership, a sum total of $140,000 in racino money is delivered to the Blue River Community Foundation to be dispersed to non-profits through racino grants.

Twelve local organizations benefit from the grants. They are:

n Arc of Shelby County – $8,990 for additional padded flooring and automatic door opener for the new SENSES facility

n Shelby Senior Services – $1,477 for tracking system for participants

n Shares, Inc. – $5,721 for music therapy for Shares consumers

n Shelby County Players – $30,000 for improvement of building facade

n Girls Inc. – $18,909 for gymnastics flooring and bars

n Shelby County Arts Council – $2,000 for Arts Fest support

n Shelby County Youth Assistance – $5,000 for social and recreational opportunities for participants

n VASIA – $10,500 for public guardianship program for seniors and incapacitated adults

n Healthy Partners Shelby County – $5,000 for free sexually transmitted disease testing

n Nine13sports – $12,000 for Kids Building Bikes program

n Forest Hill Cemetery – $11,450 for removal of trees affected by emerald ash bore

n J. Kenneth Self Boys and Girls Club – $28,953 for new gymnasium roof

Prior to the council meeting, councilman Brad Ridgeway asked to double the $5,000 grant for Shelby County Youth Assistance. It was explained to make that happen, another grant would have to be lessened to stay within the $140,000 grant total. A discussion followed on how to make that happen.

During the council meeting, Ridgeway publicly stated that he would like to see the program get another $5,000 and Mayor Tom DeBaun explained that the council can do a side grant for the additional $5,000, which will be handled internally.