Cera announces state funds for jail, college

Photo provided SHOWN HERE is the front of the Belmont Correctional Institution.

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, on Monday announced the release of funds for improvement projects at Belmont College and Belmont Correctional Institution. The Sally Port Upgrade Project at the Belmont Correctional Institute will receive $51,599 for design services. Belmont College will receive $304,439 for the creation of a Campus Master Plan, including a high-level analysis of the entire college and a detailed examination of the Industrial Trades programs.

“I’m glad to see Belmont County’s public college and correctional facility receiving investments in their educational programming and infrastructure,” Cera said. “Our students, faculty and correctional officers deserve the best, and these funds will go a long way toward making our community safer and developing more job opportunities in Eastern Ohio.”

The Sally Port Upgrade project will replace five gates, concrete mounted channel slides and other architectural features at Belmont Correctional Institute.

Belmont College’s Campus Master Plan will be a data-driven project with the goal of ensuring future competitiveness and adaptability of the college, both in its academic offerings and its building projects.

The funds were approved at Monday’s meeting of the state Controlling Board, a bipartisan panel that oversees state spending. Cera, who has served on the Controlling Board since 2017, was again appointed to the panel for the 133rd General Assembly by House leadership.