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Mark Frei

There has been a lot of controversy and emotion around the block grant for the Kids Klub. Unfortunately, very little of it is about the actual truth of the commission’s proceedings.

What I said was in a larger context, where I began by acknowledging that I am sure Kids Klub does a great job, and then also later went on to say that I understand that some families have two parents that work. Commissioner meetings are a process, in which by law the commissioners are required to deliberate and reason with their fellow commissioners out loud, in public. To take a small snippet of that proceedings and make it indicative of the whole proceedings is gravely misleading. What matters most is where the conclusion of the deliberation ends up. And the conclusion was agreed to by all commissioners as voiced by Commissioner Brandt in the words, “So we are giving you the basic nod yes, but we need to wait and see what happens with the hospital grant.” How a basic yes but wait, got turned into a “no,” is frustrating.

The county has a vested interest in healthy functioning families, because of this I think it is worth pausing to reason through the effect of an institution or program upon the family dynamic. Additionally, the grant sponsorship request by the Kids Klub can have an effect on other grant requests of the community, e.g. the hospital. In the hierarchy of things that the community needs, I believe the hospital comes first if there is a conflict. So we needed to make sure that there would be no negative effect on the hospital’s request, before going forward with sponsorship of the Kids Klub grant request.


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