With a long-standing lawsuit with Columbus City Schools out of the way, the German Village Society has restored funding to activities seen as vital to the organization.

With a long-standing lawsuit with Columbus City Schools out of the way, the German Village Society has restored funding to activities seen as vital to the organization.

The GVS board of trustees Aug. 13 approved spending $15,000 on a variety of measures aimed at "make the society whole," Director Shiloh Todorov said.

"The German Village Society can now concentrate all of its efforts and resources on our mission instead of raising money to pay a $20,000 annual tax bill on our building," she said.

The society and the school district recently sealed the accord, in which the Society agreed to pay the school district $88,875 in order to end litigation over the tax-exempt status of the Meeting Haus.

Once all of the fees are paid, it should leave the society with about $80,000, Todorov said.

The expenditures include:

$2,000 to the membership committee account for appreciation activities.

$5,000 to the technology committee account to permit maintenance and upgrade of digital platforms.

$3,500 to the marketing committee to permit the visitor marketing programs to be fully funded.

$4,500 to the historic preservation committee account to maintain education programming and tour groups and affinity group memberships.

$5,000 will go toward the search for a historic preservation officer.

In related news, the society agreed to hire a consultant to organize the 2013 Haus und Garten Tour. The current consultant, Adrianne Mellen Ramstack, is bowing out of the position.

The society will pay the new person $33,000 per year to put together the tour as well as lead other development activities, Todorov said. Ramstack was paid $18,500 this year.

"Wrapping the event planning and the fundraising into a single person allows us to hire someone with fundraising know-how to help us fill those gaps, and then give that same person latitude to run our current major fundraising programs," Todorov said.

"Bottom line: We have to create some funding streams that are not weather dependent."