Monroe CDBG funding to reach at least $75K

WOODSFIELD – Monroe County is expected to receive at least $75,000 for Community Development Block Grant projects this year, according to a report given Monday to the county commissioners.

The first public hearing regarding the projects was held during the commissioners’ meeting, and Mary Jo Westfall, Extension office associate, indicated there would be no less than $75,000 available for the projects. This was the same amount received last year.

Westfall said the deadline for submission of proposed projects to the Extension office is April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Prospective applicants represented at the meeting were Antioch, Lewisville, Graysville, Benton Township, Laings, Jerusalem, Beallsville Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, and Bethel Township.

Recipients of CDBG funds last year were Green Township, $8,600; Summit Township, $20,900; and Wayne Township, $33,000, with $2,500 going to fair housing and $10,000 to administration.

Westfall explained the program to those attending. Another public hearing will be held, but the date has not yet been determined.

In other matters, commissioners and department heads met in the downstairs county courtroom to discuss and review the revised personnel policy manual. Jason Harter, who revised the manual, also was present, and the changes previously were approved by Prosecuting Attorney James L. Peters.

No action was taken about adopting the manual.

A resolution urging voters to support State Issue 1, a renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program, during the May 6 primary election was approved by commissioners.

The resolution described State Issue 1 as support for continuing infrastructure improvement and the job creation that Issue 1 will foster.

It also was pointed out that local communities in the Buckeye State are in continuing need of support for vital road, bridge, sewer, water and other infrastructure projects, and this state program of support for local communities not only helps to fund infrastructure projects but also creates large numbers of construction and allied jobs.

The resolution also noted that the Ohio State Capital Improvements Program “has successfully provided support for more than 11,500 such projects and resulting job creation since its inception in 1987.”

Commissioners in Monroe County were informed the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Board of Directors had voted unanimously to support State Issue 1 to renew the program. According to the CCAO, “Issue 1 proposes to reauthorize the State Capital Improvement Program for an additional 10 years at a level of $1.875 billion dollars, an increase of $525 million over the life of the program.”

According to the resolution, no new taxes are required to fund repayment of the bonds.

Commissioners also issued a proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month in Monroe County and encouraging residents to celebrate by acquainting themselves with their rights that are protected under the law and join in reaffirming a commitment to fair housing for all regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, familial or disability status.