Monroe CDBG funds discussed

WOODSFIELD – Officials from various parts of Monroe County attended Monday’s meeting of the county commissioners to learn about the process of seeking $300,000 in 2014 Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization funds.

Also discussed at the meeting were a $7,800 demolition grant received by the county, 2014 special waste collection dates and a Laings Community Center sump pump project.

The CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Grant is awarded to a single government entity for various projects. Certain criteria has to be met, and the grant formerly was known as the Community Distress Grant.

Monroe County’s proposed applicant for 2013 did not receive funding, but the grant previously was awarded to various entities.

Mary Jo Westfall, Extension Office associate, explained the program and answered questions during Monday’s meeting. Present for the general discussion were approximately 12-15 persons, and some of them mentioned potential projects.

After applications are prepared and received, the county commissioners will make a decision about the proposed recipient, and this will be forwarded to the state for consideration.

In other matters, the commissioners are the lead entity organization in the county for the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program operated through the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The county was awarded $7,800 for the sole and express purpose of undertaking and completing residential demolition projects.

The end date for this program is Sept. 30, 2014. Funds will be released after the lead entity completes all demolition activity for a residential project and meets other requirements spelled out by the attorney general’s office.

Events and dates for special waste collections was received from the SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, and the collections are scheduled in Washington, Muskingum, Guernsey, Noble, Monroe and Morgan counties.

Appliance collections are slated in April and May with the collection date in Monroe County listed as May 3.

In July and August, electronics will be collected, and the Monroe County collection is scheduled July 28-29.

Scrap tire collections will be in October with the tires to be collected Oct. 11 in Monroe County while the household hazardous waste collections will be in April, August and September with the Monroe County collection set for Sept. 27. It was noted the dates are subject to change.

Commissioners took action to accept a $6,580 bid from Swiss Valley Associates Inc., Hannibal, in regard to the Laings Community Center sump pump.