The State of Iowa has created a grant of up $10,000 to help cover some of the costs that a local veteran's affairs office can experience.
Veterans Commissioner Lloyd Galbraith visited with the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors about taking advantage of the program.
"We are allowed to apply for this fiscal year and next fiscal year," Galbraith told the board. "This we are applying for just over $6,000 for this fiscal year because that is all that we could see that we were qualified for."
The grant will help cover some cost like new computer equipment and furniture for the office space. The Veterans Commission is also hoping that the funds can be utilized to help hire a full time director.
"With a director we will be able to expand the office hours," Galbraith explained. "We are also hoping in the future that we will be able to be a regional office in the future."
The Supervisors approved Chairman Herb Crampton to help the commission in signing the required paperwork, as a representative of the board.
Last week the Supervisors approved letting Taste of Storm Lake and the Farmers Market be moved to the courthouse lawn. Also the agreement will allow the lawn to host one of the Christmas trees that will be placed all over town, as well as to allow Santa's Castle to place some light displays across Fifth Street facing the castle.
Marilyn Monson of the Chamber of Commerce, along with electrician Gary Nepple and custodian Dewyne Stucynski met with the supervisors to discuss the location for electrical outlets on the courthouse grounds that will not only allow for the winter holiday lights, but allow electrical food service equipment for the Taste of Storm Lake events
"I've been on the lawn and I think that the South edge will be best because it will provide shade," Monson said on the location for the Taste of Storm Lake. "We will place the grill, if there is one, in some spots across on Fifth Street away from the trees."
Nepple will look into different areas of the grounds to see what will best for providing power and will prevent any major digging of the lawn.
The electrical conduits will be placed this summer.