West partners with foundation to handle donations

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 8:04 PM

WEST, Texas -- Town leaders have decided to partner with the Waco Foundation to handle the majority of private donations coming in since a massive fertilizer plant fire and explosion left part of the town of West devastated.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Mayor Pro Tem Steven Vanek said it was the best way to try and streamline all of the money in a responsible way.

"The council doesn't know how to do that [...] so it was important to get a group that are the big boy's on the block," he said, referring to the Waco Foundation.

The foundation already has set up a West Disaster Relief Fund, which has pulled in about $270,000. Other funds have also been set up, and accounts at the two banks total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The hope is eventually the foundation can manage all of the money, although exactly how that will happen has yet to be worked out.

There are also questions about how West residents seeking donation money will be able to access it.

Vanek said they are considering an application process. A final decision will hopefully be made by next week.

Although the town isn't keeping an official tally on how much private money has come in, KVUE's sister station WFAA tallied known figures and it is around $1 million.

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