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Goodwill program could be on the way to county

September 21, 2010

PLYMOUTH - Goodwill Industries wants to lend a helping hand to those in Marshall County looking for work.
Ed Charleston of Goodwill came before the Marshall County Commissioners seeking their approval for the company’s “Impact” Community Work Experience Program. Impact stands for Indiana Manpower Placement and Comprehensive Training and is a program of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
The program targets adults on welfare in the state who have dependent children. It gives them initial job search training, places them in a job for a pre-determined number of hours while the state maintains their welfare and medicaid benefits for a 12 week period.
At the end of the 12 week period the program participant then enters the third level of training in the program which is an actual job search.
Employers who choose to employ workers in the program have no cost in salary or benefits during the 12 weeks and Goodwill also covers the employees on their liability insurance. At the end of the 12 weeks the employer is under no obligation to employ the worker.
Charleston told the Commissioners that his organization had placed workers in several places in Pulaski County and now Goodwill would like to look at Marshall County as another place to start the program.
All workers in the Marshall County program would be from Marshall County.
The Commissioners tabled any approval or disapproval of the program, wanting to discuss with the counties Department Heads and elected officials if there would be any interest in participating.
In other business:
• Allan Hux and Mark Sullivan came before the Commissioners on behalf of the South West Lake Maxinkuckee Conservancy District.
The group was seeking permission to work in the county right of way installing sewer lines for the area.
The Conservancy District hopes to start the project hopes with bids in December and construction after the first of the year. It is estimated to be a $2 million project.
• Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the Commissioners that $120,419 will be reimbursed to the county for Construction Engineering cost on the new Pioneer Drive.

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