County proposed funding on projects

WOODSFIELD – Three projects involving Summit Township, Wayne Township and the Laings Community Center have been proposed in Monroe County for funding through the the 2013 Community Development Block Grant Program.

The projects, which will be submitted to the state, were discussed Monday during the county commissioners’ meeting. Mary Jo Westfall, Extension office associate, was present for discussions about CDBG and Neighborhood Revitalization Grant funds.

Proposed are a back-up generator to the community center and four sets of turnout gear for the fire department in Summit Township at a cost of $20,900; replacement of a bridge with a box culvert on Wayne Township, costing $33,000; and installation of a sump pump and drainage pipe in the boiler room at the Laings Community Center, $7,000.

The county’s Fiscal Year 2013 CDBG allocation grant totals $75,000 and subtracted from that amount is $12,500 for administration and fair housing, leaving $62,500. The project costs total $60,900 with the remainder for contingencies.

Twelve entities including villages, townships, fire departments/emergency squads and community centers/senior center had submitted proposed projects for CDBG funding, and Summit Township, Wayne Township and the Laings Community Center were selected from that list.

Washington Township/Graysville, one of the two proposed investment areas in Monroe County for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, also received attention at the meeting. The other proposed investment area is Beallsville.

The total grant request for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program is $300,000 for each of the areas.

Projects proposed for Washington Township/Graysville are a new brush fire truck for the volunteer fire department with the cost listed as $146,000; plaster repair/painting in the community center, $8,600; concrete driveway/parking lot at the center/fire station, $71,500; handicapped parking at the township building, $3,200; five outdoor grills at Knowlton Park, $1,500; curbing in Graysville, $14,000; road slip repair on Clearfork Road, $18,200; road slip repair on Broomstick Road, $16,300; and basketball court at the community center, $20,300.

According to the discussion, commissioners will provide $10,000 for the projects with $4,000 from the Washington Township trustees and in-kind services from the several entities and the possibility of help from other sources.

A requirement in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program is for two public meetings to be held, and approximately 125 people attended each of the two public meetings for Washington Township/Graysville. Citizen participation is important in obtaining funding in this program, according to Westfall.

Two public meetings also will be held in Beallsville.

The proposed projects from Washington Township/Graysville and Beallsville will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Development for consideration.

In other matters, a lengthy discussion about courthouse security was held, and involved were the commissioners, Phil Keevert of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency, Sheriff Charles R. Black Jr., Prosecuting Attorney James L. Peters and County Recorder Ann Block.

Security also will be a topic at future sessions. Black is checking about the possibility of a COPS grant to implement the courthouse security program.

An update on finances at the Monroe County Care Center was given by Greg Johnson, David Lucid and administrator Kelley Hill.

Commissioners adopted a resolution to name Sheila Turner as the loss control coordinator for 2013.

Peters and the commissioners were in an executive session about pending litigation and personnel with no action in that regard taken after the session.

The meeting recessed at 2 p.m., and commissioners went to the county court judge’s office for a general information meeting about disciplining a difficult employee. Conducting the session was attorney Sheri Hass of Downes, Fishel, Hass and Kim. Department heads were included in the session.