Emergency Aid to Salvation Army Urged

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St. Charles County's Homeless Board has recommended a $15,000 emergency payment to the local Salvation Army, which says it is strapped.

But there's one condition. Tom Cronan, the board chairman, said Salvation Army officials must detail how previous allocations from the Homeless Board have been spent.

Earlier this year, the Homeless Board rejected the Salvation Army's request for $42,500 to help operate its shelters for the homeless in St. Charles and O'Fallon.

The request was rejected, said board secretary Daniel F. Hite, because the Salvation Army still had $35,000 left over from its previous allocation. Further, Hite and Cronan said, the Salvation Army had failed to submit a detailed accounting on how it had spent previous allocations.

Cronan said this week that all of the other agencies that get money through the Homeless Board submit the necessary documentation.

"It's not that the board doesn't want to give the money to the Salvation Army," Cronan said. "It's just that we want them to follow the procedure all the others do."

Capt. John Crampton, the new Salvation Army coordinator in the county, said Thursday, "We'll work the next few days to get the numbers together and do everything we're supposed to."

Crampton, who has been on his new assignment for only two weeks, acknowledged that he was having trouble locating some records. "There have been some miscalculations. . . . We're digging through the paperwork." He added, "We're hoping to open lines of communication with the Homeless Board. . . . There have been mistakes in the past."

Cronan, who used to work for the Salvation Army, has criticized the former Salvation Army coordinator, Capt. Rock Weindorf, for failing to provide the Homeless Board with financial records. …