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Missoula City Council considers adding Healthy Relationships Coordinator

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Mar 28 2013 04:58:55 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

$54,406, that's what a Missoula City Council Committee proposes, be spent on a Healthy Relationships Project Coordinator.

The idea comes after several organizations in the city went after preventing sexual violence and assaults last year.

Some council members want to unify the efforts. 

The Public Health and Safety Committee wants to take the plans to raise awareness and promote prevention and combine them into a single coordinated effort. That would be the Healthy Relationships Project Coordinator’s job.

It would involve working with the University of Montana, and organizations like the YWCA, to funnel projects into a city-wide effort that focuses on education, furthering a social marketing campaign and community planning.

Councilman Jon Wilkins says the $54,406 to fund the position won't make a big impact in the budget, and is worth the money.

“When you look at the amount of money it’s pretty minute to some other things that are being requested. There's a request for $200,000 for more trees, things like that,” said Wilkins. “I think health and safety is probably more important, though trees are important to Missoula, but it’s just an important thing we need to do and bring people's awareness.”

The budget will be presented to the City Council April 10. They'll look at proposals like this one and decide what money they can put where.

NBC Montana will keep you updated.