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Washington Street center gets extra $8,000
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The Washington Street Community Center is getting an additional $8,000 this year to help pay for programming.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the additional funding request, bringing the center’s funding to a total of $40,000 for the fiscal year, which ends in June. The money will come from the county’s contingency fund.

Commissioner Nancy Schulz expressed concern about the money coming from contingency, but County Manager John Middleton said it’s an accounting procedure. In addition, he said out of the $100,000 the county set aside at the beginning of the year, they’ve only spent $8,000. Those funds went to the Nelson Heights Community Center in a related move.

The two community centers were both told last year, during the creation of the budget, that they might get additional revenue later in the year.

The nonprofit Washington Street Community Center, located on School Street in Covington, is best known for its after-school tutoring programs, but the center also offers a variety of enrichment programs.

County chairman gives updates from around county

With construction projects in full swing, and money to cover storm costs County Chairman Keith Ellis said this week progress is being made on numerous construction projects and that the county is expected to get some federal and/or state reimbursement money to cover costs from this winter’s snow and ice storms.

Below are notes on those items and others from around the county from Ellis:

Ellis told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday the county could get reimbursed for about 75 percent of what it spent to battle the two winter storms this year. Ellis said the entire county’s reimbursement estimate – including power companies – was more than $400,000, and that number has been approved, but he said the county’s portion of the reimbursement isn’t yet clear.

The Board of Commissioners April 15 meeting has been canceled, because commissioners will be in Savannah for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia annual conference. ACCG is celebrating its 100th year as an organization.