Goodman grants awarded

City Council this week awarded money for four projects from interest proceeds of the Goodman Trust Fund, established in 1990 for development, maintenance and operation of public recreational facilities to serve Altoona-area residents.

It awarded $6,595 to the Central Blair Park and Recreation Commission for equipment and a concession stand at Garfield Park.

It awarded $1,500 to the Altoona Housing Authority for replacement of materials and shale maintenance at the Fairview Hills playground.

It awarded $1,000 to the Miracle League of Blair County for playground equipment at the organization’s field in Eldorado.

And it awarded $800 to the Housing Authority for playground equipment at Pleasant Village.

Council didn’t grant the only other request — from the Altoona Area Baseball Association for $800, because the association

didn’t specify in writing, as required, what it wanted to use the money for — although it explained its intentions verbally to Councilman Matt Cacciotti.

Not awarding money to the association meant that there was enough for all the other applicants to get what they asked for — with $677 left over from the available $10,572.

Council plans to inform the association that it might be able to get funding in May if it properly amends its application.

There is a scheduled disbursement then — the second of two annual disbursements from the Goodman Trust Fund, according to city clerk Linda Rickens Schellhammer.

Normally, the city simply combines the two disbursements and awards grants once — at this time of year — but this year, it might make sense to extract $123 from the May disbursement, add it to this week’s leftover amount, and satisfy the association’s $800 request, said Mayor Matt Pacifico.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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