WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County's Day Report Center needs to expand, the program's director told county commissioners on Tuesday.
According to Jamey Hunt, director of the center, the agency has enough participants to justify more growth.
"We are going to increase our programming a little bit from this point on -- our domestic violence class is our biggest program, and we have so many in it that we're probably going to split it into two classes at the beginning of February," Hunt said. "It will cost a little more, but not a lot, and we require each offender to pay $10 per class per participant, so that helps."
Hunt was one of four agency directors who gave their mid-year financial reports and projections on Tuesday. Commissioners asked for the financial updates every quarter, in an attempt to prevent financial collapses similar to the county's health department last summer.
The Day Report Center runs on a yearly $225,000 community corrections grant from the state, plus about $206,000 in county funds.
Hunt hopes the agency will be able to add an all-female domestic violence offender class in the near future. Teachers have already been trained to lead that class, he said.
Hunt also said the county's new adult drug court has affected the Day Report Center, which is the county's primary means of outpatient treatment. The center has hired a therapist, and although the state Supreme Court will reimburse the center for her salary, Hunt thinks demand will increase enough that the center will need to find office space for her outside the county's judicial building.
"There is space available up the street that would work beautifully, and we're looking at about $10,000 to $12,000 a year in an increase," Hunt said. "We will be requesting it through the state grant, as well."
County libraries director Steve Christo said the libraries had fared well so far in the fiscal year, which ends June 30. He said the libraries will have to pay to upgrade or replace computers later this year, as Microsoft plans to stop supporting the Windows XP operating system.
"We've been proactive over the last three years and have been buying about two new computers a year, and we are getting ready to update some of the ones which can be updated," Christo said. "Some of our computers are eight to 10 years old, so they are not upgradeable."
He said that next year, libraries will have to deal with the 7.5 percent budget cut that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has requested for all state agencies.
"That will affect our grants that we get from the state," Christo said. "It will amount to about $26,000, so that's $26,000 that we won't be getting next year."