City kicks in to ensure future summer camps

MOORE HAVEN — After hearing the Glades Education Foundation’s (GEF) update on plans for the summer camp to be staged out of Moore Haven Elementary School July 9-20, the City Council decided at its meeting June 5 to contribute toward keeping it going in future years.

Laura Perry of the GEF had just told council members she was almost sure costs were covered for the approximately 30 kids who signed up to participate this summer, and heard compliments from Vice Mayor Dave McGee (“Very good”) and Councilwoman Pat Lucas (“I think it’s a great, great project”), when Mayor Bret Whidden asked, “If there was to be money left over, will it go in and be used next year in the same program?”

“Yes, it will,” Ms. Perry said. “We consider that restricted funds … so it’s set aside and that money is only used for summer camp.”

“We’re definitely going to look at budgeting for this project,” said the mayor, entertaining a motion to donate $1,000 toward camp expenses. Councilman Jake Eighner moved to do so but said, “I’d like to put it in there for $1,000 for a period of three years, so they already know that next year they’ve got (money) coming from the city that they can count on.”

The motion passed unanimously.

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