The Marshall County Commissioners heard from various department heads on Monday.

Sandy Garrison, Director of the Marshall County Museum, and Mike Miley President of the Marshall County Historical Society gave the County Commissioners their quarterly report.

Sandy told the commissioners, “We’ve just had an excellent year at the museum.  I couldn’t be happier.  We’ve logged more than 6,300 visitors which is up 30% from last year and 4,624 volunteer hours.”  The museum has also accessioned more than 1,500 artifacts that help to tell the county’s story and they filled more than 400 research requests.     

Sandy said the museum hosted 5 special events this quarter and opened two new exhibits in November, Marshall County on Fire and The History of Trains in Marshall County.    

Mike Miley told the commissioners that over 200 visitors stopped by the museum on Saturday, November 25th between 4 and 6 p.m. for the Lighted Christmas Parade and City Tree Lighting. It was noted that several visitors were stopping in to see the new fire exhibit.   

Steven Buras Director of the Plymouth Public Library asked the commissioners to appoint Patrick Malloy to fill a vacancy due to retirement on the Library Board. Malloy was approved and will start on January 1, 2024.  Malloy is filling the vacancy of Dian Eveland who has resigned after serving on the Plymouth Library Board for 16 years.

Chief Probation Officer Jim Bendy from the Marshall County Probation Department asked the commissioner to approve the acceptance of the $60,000 from the Justice Partners Addiction Response Grant.  Bendy said the grant funds will be used in multiple ways.  The Recovery Services person develops a packet of information showing the community resources available including food and clothing for the Probation Department’s clientele.  The packets are also distributed to inmates getting out of the county jail and through the various entities that provide services to those in need. 

The grant funds are also used to supplement the salary and benefits of the Pre-Trial Services Coordinator and work with the schools in the county to provide about 1,100 pieces of materials for Red Ribbon Week.

Funds from the Additional Response Grant are used in conjunction with the Drug-Free Committee to provide a speaker’s fee for community outreach. 

The commissioners unanimously approved his request to accept the grant funds and sign the contract for the $60,000.