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County Board tables request for historical partnership job

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request to fund a McLeod County Historic Partnership community outreach coordinator.
Lori Pickell-Stangel, director of the McLeod County Historical Society, said that the society had received a Legacy fund grant to help it form a collaborative partnership between the county historical society and similar community groups in the county, most notably Historic Hutchinson and the Glencoe Historic Preservation Society.
Pickell-Stangel said those community groups often need help with grant writing and preservation projects and, as “an army of one,” Pickell-Stangel doesn’t always have the time to provide that help.
Pickell-Stangel said the original grant was for one year only, and to help fund the position to get the ball rolling on collaborative efforts between the groups.
But the goal was to have the position an ongoing one, especially as many communities would like to start their own historic groups or have other help with preservation or grant writing.
At the time, it was hoped that interested communities would help fund the position on an ongoing basis.
“But we found out that, legally, they can’t do that,” said Pickell-Stangel said. Although she had several letters of support from seven of the nine county communities (two have yet to be approached), ongoing financing would have to come through the county, she said. Legacy grants will not fund ongoing positions, she added.
Commissioner Doug Krueger said he was somewhat confused about the purpose of the position, and asked the County Board to table it until June 21.

For more, see the June 1 print edition of The Chronicle.