Bedford City Council votes to redirect funds set aside from 2021

BEDFORD – The Bedford City Council voted to redirect $20,000 they appropriated in August of last year, as a part of a one time donation to the IU Health Foundation Grant during Mondays meeting.

Joe Timbrook

City council members discussed the matter for several minutes after Joe Timbrook, Director of Career Development with the Lawrence County Growth Council presented information about the original proposal and what happened since August of last year.

The council directed $10,000 be given to the Lawrence County Growth Council and $10,000 be given to Families Forever, with Monday night’s vote. Originally, the IU Health Foundation submitted an invoice for $20,000 to be used for Trauma Informed Care for a grant application. However, IU Health Foundation did not go ahead with the proposed Trauma Informed Proposal.

Bedford Mayor Craig wanted the council to be aware of the changes from the original agreement and direct the funds to where and how they were to be dispensed. The money that has been redirected will still be used for Trauma Informed Care Education by both organizations.

The measure passed only by a 3-2 vote with Angel Hawkins, Dan Bortner, and Brad Bough voting yes and Larry Hardman and Ryan Griffith voting against the change.