NEWTON — Newton City Council is joining other Jasper County organizations to secure more federal grants.
The council announced Tuesday the city will be joining eCivis, a national grants management system that would allow the city to have access to additional grant opportunities. The city, along with Jasper County Health Department, Jasper County Chamber of Commerce and Jasper County School District, will each pay $1,100 annually to take advantage of the opportunities of the program.
The program was initially discussed at the city’s March council meeting as providing opportunities for the city to secure additional fully funded grants for projects.
Also Tuesday, the council voted to open the yard waste facility for the summer. The facility will open Saturday and will continue to be open every first and third Saturday of each month until the council votes to close the facility in the fall. The facility gives residents a place to bring yard waste, such as lawn clippings.
In another matter, the council voted to rezone two lots and six feet of a vacant alley on West Henry Street from residential to business. The lots will be used for storage by David Webster of Webster Ford Inc. for the storage of Polaris vehicles. The board will vote again at the April 23 meeting to rezone an additional lot for storage.
Also Tuesday, the council voted to hire Sheryl Michl to serve as manager of the city’s aquatic center. In addition, it was announced the council members will interview applicants for the vacant police secretary position on April 10.
Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or firstname.lastname@example.org.