The Village of Hamden plans to apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant and Village Council has begun the steps necessary to complete what is a somewhat detailed application process.
During the Vinton County Commissioners meeting held Tuesday morning, Development Director Terri Fetherolf reported she had recently attended a Hamden Village Council meeting and went over the application process with the group.
She explained to the commissioners the village will be sending out surveys with the next round of water bill statements to customers. This survey will provide village residents an opportunity to make suggestions toward what kind of community projects should be undertaken.
According to the Neighborhood Revitalization website, the purpose of this federal government offering is "enhancing and improving the quality of neighborhoods and creating a climate for growth." The site also lists other valuable goals as being important.
It says the funding should "create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods." These goals include: safety, good schools, and commercial activities.
After the meeting, Mayor Mike Woodruff was interviewed by The Telegram via phone. He noted some of the projects he is considering for the Neighborhood Revitalization grant, if funded, include: Sidewalk repairs where necessary, shelter house repairs, repaving streets, as well as the possibility of performing demolition projects. Woodruff noted these types of improvement projects can be done anywhere in village.
Woodruff stated he is looking forward to hearing both the community's and Council's suggestions so the village can come up with a good project mix in order to be funded.
In other news from the meeting, newly elected Commissioner Mark Fout was present for his first meeting. He was recently sworn in by County Commons Pleas Court Judge Jeff Simmons. Fout is a former Vinton County Fair Board President and Harrison Township Trustee. He stated is looking forward to serving the community and helping it grow in the coming years.