The commission voted two to one to grant SCDC $25,000. Both Sweet and Cribbins say they have faith in the agency’s “new direction” and are confident it will produce results. Main preferred to wait until the agency showed some results before committing any funds.
Initially, the grant application indicated they wanted the full $75,000 in order to secure two years of salary for a permanent executive director in order to keep the agency alive. John Hitt, the interim executive director and board member Fred Jacquot assured me they will secure the additional $50,000 required from private and municipal sources. “Don’t worry,” said Hitt. “We won’t let the ship sink.”