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Tonight, council will discuss funding request, mental health awareness

In two sessions, Elkhart City Council will try to finalize funding plan for SoMa positions.

Posted on Feb. 10, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

ELKHART — City Council will meet twice Monday night, Feb. 10, but the agenda is rather short.

Council members will meet at 6 p.m. in the form of the finance committee of the whole to review a request for $175,566 for three SoMa postions at Lerner Threatre.

Council will then meet again at 7 p.m. and could take action on the SoMa positions if the finance committee sends the request back to council.

Council signed off on the plan last year after the administration agreed to not use Tax Increment Finance revenues to fund the three position. The current funding request finalizes where that money will come from.

The 7 p.m. meeting will also include a presentation from the Elkhart County Chapter of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness). Two members of NAMI will be share a story about their experience. Representatives will speak to the services available.

The presentation was sought by councilman Brian Dickerson who said he believes a a public dialogue is needed about mental health awareness in light of recent violence.

Council normally meets on the first and third Monday of the month, but next week’s normally scheduled meeting was moved up a week because city hall is closed for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 17.

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