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City plans formal donation, sponsorship initiative


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The city of Roswell plans to launch a donation and sponsorship initiative by the end of April so that people can provide funding for their favorite projects if they want to supplement city funding.

Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings said during a Wednesday General Services Committee meeting that her department is heading the effort to formalize the contribution and sponsorship effort.

“It is an overall citywide sponsorship opportunity and donation process,” Jennings said. “We hope to have something rolled out, not only for us internally but for the general public, by the end of April for citywide purposes.”

She said that donors or sponsors will be able to name benches, gazebos or other items under certain circumstances. If more than one donation is needed for a project, money will remain in a restricted account until enough funding is obtained for the project. The formal contribution process is intended to assure donors about the uses of their money and to allow departments to receive monetary support from the community even if they do not have related fundraising and volunteer nonprofits, such as the Friends of the Spring River Zoo group.

City Councilor Jeanine Best said that a person has asked her about donating for the basketball court near Cahoon Park, and Jennings gave an example of donations for the exhibit that houses Alexis, the new baby elk at the Spring River Zoo. Enough money has been donated now for the new fencing so that work can begin, she said.

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The important thing, according to Best and City Councilor Angela Moore, is that people are assured that the money they designate specifically for a certain purpose is kept separate from other city funds and not used for other departments or projects. Administrative Director Juan Fuentes and other city employees assured the city councilors that is the case.

Best, Moore and fellow committee member and City Councilor Barry Foster also voted 3-0 to forward a bike and pedestrian trail plan developed by the city and its consultants to the entire City Council. The plan had been presented to city officials last year.

City Engineer Louis Najar said that adopting the plan as the city’s guideline for future trail development and maintenance will aid the efforts of groups seeking grants or other competitive funding resources for trail development.

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