Elkton looks to hire a new community center director

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ELKTON – The town is looking for a new director of the Elkton Area Community Center and has created a new grant writer position.

Councilman Harry Armbruster, who sits on the committee that oversees the community center, said that EACC Administrator Allison Morris was offered and accepted a new position as grant writer/town events coordinator.

Morris’ new annual salary of $39,083 is the same as her old salary, according to information provided by town staff.

Morris, who has been the administrator of the EACC since it opened in 2006, was slated to start her new job as grant writer/town events coordinator on Tuesday, according to Armbruster.

He said that Morris will be writing grant proposals for all town departments, not just the EACC.

“We sorely need a grant writer,” Armbruster said, noting that council has talked about the need “half a dozen times in the past year.”

He said the town has the funds for hiring a grant writer since it sold the former Kite properties to Pham Chopra last year for $2.5 million.

The town advertised for an EACC director in Saturday’s Daily News-Record. Town Manager Kevin Whitfield declined to provide a salary range for the job. The ad lists the application deadline as Feb. 26.

Armbruster said that there were a number of town events in December and some were held at times that didn’t allow one to attend both.

He said having a town events coordinator should help with this problem.

He also said that having Morris as a grant writer will alleviate Whitfield from having to do it.

Whitfield recently announced that the town has procured a $30,000 grant to study its water system.

The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water. An engineering firm, Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Blacksburg, will be conducting the study.

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