County news # 2This week the Marshall County Council approved the creation of a fund for the new County Parks and Recreation Department.  Creating this new fund will give the county park board an official way to deposit donations and expend funds.

In February of 2020, Circuit Court Judge Curt Palmer and County Clerk Deb VanDeMark approached the County Commissioners about starting a County Park System.  Their suggestion took off and in June last year the county park board held their first meeting.  The department was created without a budget but now the County Park Board is beginning to seek donations and fundraise.  The monies collected will be put into the new fund created this week by the County Council and funds will be appropriated just as other county department do.

During last week’s County Park Board meeting Secretary Deb VanDeMark told members they had received a donation of $350 from the West Township Trustee for an assessment of the log cabin on State Road 17.

The council members approved the creation of a new fund with a unanimous vote.  There was also a motion of support from the County Council to have the park board come forward yet this year with a budget.  They have anticipated expenditures such as signage for the Trails at Mill Pond yet this spring or summer.

The County Park Board’s 5-year plan is on the county’s website at