The Effingham City Council was presented with two requests for funding at their meeting Tuesday. Both requests were just up for discussion, so no vote took place.
The Council heard first from Patty Greene, representing the Thelma Keller Convention Center. The Convention Center is requesting $25,000 from the City to be used for improvements. Greene presented the way the Convention Center benefits the City. She said they bring in a conservative estimate of 160,000 to 180,000 people each year for their various events, including banquets, conventions, conferences, and weddings. Additionally, these people are estimated to spend between $65 and more than $200 per day, depending if they are in town for just the day or staying overnight.
The Council mostly showed support for assisting the Convention Center. However, Commissioner Don Althoff expressed that the ownership of the convention center owes the City tourism dollars, and until that is paid he can’t support giving the funds.
The second request was to provide $1,000 for the Effingham County Heroes Memorial Fund. The Memorial will be placed on the lawn of the old county courthouse in downtown Effingham. It is being created to honor “past, present, and future” local emergency responders and military personnel. The total cost is $14,175. The fund currently has $6,845. The Council showed support for the project, and may even consider providing more funding than the requested $1,000.
In other action, the Council approved a bid from Swingler Construction for the relocation of the City’s bulk water facility. The facility will remain on Grove and Mulberry Street, but will now be further from the road. The relocation will keep the sidewalk from being blocked and will correct a drainage issue. The project cost is $129,468.
The Effingham City Council will meet again on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm.