Cecil County commissioners delayed action Tuesday on this year’s casino impact grants, saying they want more time to review the recommendations from the VLT Local Community Grant Committee.
Commissioner Tari Moore asked that the board follow the same procedure as last year.
“As part of our process for the grant review (last year), was there was an opportunity for us to meet with (committee chair Vicky Rinkerman) and for her to share with us what the committee’s recommendations were and the rationale behind each one of those,” Moore said.
She asked that the commissioners find a time in the next week to meet with Rinkerman to hear the explanations behind the recommendations.
“Then I think we’ll have a better sense of the rationale behind them and be able to make a better decision,” Moore said.
The committee’s recommendations for the grants, which award nonprofits part of the county’s share of Hollywood Casino Perryille’s profits, include:
• $10,994 to Bayview Elementary for Second Step educational materials designed to reduce aggressive behavior and increase social competence in children.
• $1,000 to the Cecil County 4-H Youth Development Program to implement a outreach program to youth in Perryville and Port Deposit.
• $993 to the Cecil County Family Consumer Sciences Program for family financial management programs for residents in Stony Run and Maple Heights apartments.
• $10,231 to the Cecil County Public Library for personalized summer reading kits through the SPARK program for fifth graders at Bainbridge Elementary and seventh graders at Elkton Middle.
• $1,500 to Fair Hill Nature and Environmental Center to implement a “Winter’s Tail” kindergarten outreach program for public school students.
• $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County to partially fund the Project Learn program for Rising Sun, Charlestown and North East clubs.
• $15,000 to Cecil College for partial funding of the Career Blast program to promote the value of a college education to middle school students.
• $13,000 to the Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding program for partial funding for 20 kids from Perryville, Port Deposit and Rising Sun areas to participate in activities with an equine specialist and counselor for classroom work.
• $20,500 to Project Crossroads for partial funding to serve 25 youth and provide assistance to help them stay in school and be successful.
• $25,000 to the Town of Port Deposit for partial funding for the restoration of the Tome Gas House to use as a Visitor’s Center.
• $10,605 to Bayside Community Network for the purchase of 19 automated external defibrillators for use at four locations and training for non-medical staff.
• $12,570 to North East Fire Company to purchase one thermal imaging camera to locate people during a working fire and detect fire in walls.
• $20,693 to the Business and Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC) for partial funding for 10 public safety rade radios and related support equipment to provide communication capabilities in the event of a crisis involving the schools.
• $11,338 to Perryville Fire Company for partial funding to purchase fire safety equipment.
• $25,000 to Water Witch Fire Co. for partial funding for the purchase of a physio control defibrillator.
• $15,420 to the Cecil Soccer League to construct and install a pavilion and picnic tables at Chesland.
• $2,500 to the Good Shepard Conference St. Vincent De Paul Society for emergency financial assistance to families in need to avoid termination of electrical power.
• $4,500 to Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation for in-school bereavement programs and grief counseling to school age children.
• $10,500 to Principio United Methodist Church to replace a roof.
• $48,380 to Ray of Hope Mission for the food pantry operation.
• $7,000 to Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries for partial funding to install cold storage unit in warehouse, repair fork lift and purchase food to serve 250 families.
• $2,500 to the Cecil County Holly Tree Corporation for partial funding of annual Holly Tree activities for teens to earn service learning hours.
• $8,000 to Christmas in April for partial funding to purchase materials for various home repairs for disadvantaged homeowners.
• $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity for partial funding to cover the cost of one home build, or purchase for rehabilitation in the Perryville area.
• $10,000 to Nicanor, Inc. for partial funding for the Agape program to provide food for children in need on weekends during school year.
• $6,790 to Perryville Little League to purchase spectator bleachers for T-ball field.
• $20,000 to Plumpton Park Zoo for partial funding of a giraffe conservation and education center.
• $20,000 to VFW Jerry Skrivanek Post 8185 in Port Deposit toward contributions to local community service projects.
• $2,000 to YMCA partial funding toward family splash park and pool revitalization project.