Brookside eyes National Road project

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County Commissioners met with Brookside Mayor Robert Thomas and council members to discuss a grant for the National Road project.

Council Member Robert Weaver noted the entire project will run about $626,000 with the village’s local share coming to $102,340, or 20 percent. Their current state highway fund is $20,000. The project should be completed by early 2015. The village is looking for aid through community block grants.

Thomas added that OMEGA is putting a grant through Ohio Public Works for $102,000. Anything put up by the commissioners would be deducted. They added that local fund ing would mean an increase of points for the project.

The work includes sidewalks, curbs and paving.

Commissioners inquired about the division of responsibility for the roadway and availability of funds.

Brookside officials noted they are already working on a project with a 30-year small government loan.

County Tourism Director Doc Householder will take the matter to the tourism board and inquire if they might invest in the project. They meet the third Thursday of every month. The Brookside officials were invited to their next meeting.

“We’re preserving a part of the National Road, and that National Road is who we are and it’s very important, especially now,” said Commissioner Ginny Favede.

Brookside will apply this year for Issue 2 funding. If they are turned down, they would be responsible for the entire $102,000. Route 40 is a well-traveled route and vital to tourism.

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