During this week's meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Whitaker Wright of Ohio Community Development Consultants (CDC) led a public hearing regarding the county's application for Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds for 2017.
Unlike in recent years, Wright explained allocations will now be made for a period of two years rather than one, and that all work proposed for the grant will be carried out between Sept. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2019.
During this term, Wright said the county is eligible to apply for up to $183,000. Currently, the countywide projects under consideration include:
$38,000 in CDBG funds and $39,000 in county funds to replace the bridge along County Road 69 in Scioto Township. The project will replace a deteriorated bridge at Beaver Pike with a cast concrete culvert.
$61,000 in CDBG funds and approximately $20,000 in local funds to install a water dispensing station for Milton and Coal Townships. Wright explained this project will serve those residents in Milton and Coal Townships that don't have potable water. He further said the Jackson County Water Co. will be selling the water at the dispensing station for one cent per gallon.
$47,400 in CDBG funds to assist Madison Township in repaving approximately 7,400 linear feet of roadway in the Pyro subdivision.
$36,600 in CDBG funds for fair housing and program administration.
A new state requirement, according to Wright, is to include two alternate projects. These projects include:
$19,200 in CDBG funds to repair portions of Whaleytown Road in Liberty Township.
$12,500 per unit in CDBG funds to demolish vacant, blighted structures identified by the County Health Department.
All of the projects listed meet the National Objective for Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Area Benefit.
Wright stated the county is also planning to apply for $500,000 in Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds for Jackson's north end neighborhood. The projects under consideration for this include:
$95,000 in CDBG funds to repave approximately 5,000 linear feet of Vine and Jones Streets.
$287,300 in CDBG funds to install 5,650 linear feet of six-inch water mains and seven fire hydrants along Wood Avenue, Vine Street and Coffman Street, in order to provide improved water pressure and fire protection.
$33,900 in CDBG funds to improve drainage along Chillicothe Street. This project will install 320 linear feet of storm sewer and one new catch basin along the street to address flooding.
$33,800 in CDBG funds to install playground equipment at the proposed Mound Street Park, and $50,000 for program administration.
Additionally, the City of Jackson will match these projects with these locally-funded projects:
$70,800 to install a parking area, basketball court and T-ball field at the proposed Mound Street Park; and $18,700 for engineering services.
Wright also stated that the Jackson-based company Geiger Brothers Construction will be matching county and city projects with $31,100 in private funds to replace the ADA ramp at the Jackson County Senior Center, 25 Mound Street, Jackson.
Wright, the commissioners and Jackson Mayor Randy Heath all commended the Geiger Brothers company for its generosity. Wright stated that grant agreements should be available by mid-September or early October.