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Wood County’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal 2013 is $191,000 – less than in previous years - and the county will be funding fewer projects than it had in the past, Dave Steiner, director of the county’s planning commission, says in a letter to local elected officials.

“A major change to the program for the 2013 fiscal year is that Wood County may only fund up to four projects with this amount as opposed to the six that we were able to fund in previous years,” Steiner writes in the April 12 letter.

Applications by local municipalities and townships are to be submitted by May 15 to the planning commission’s office in Bowling Green where staff will screen them to determine they are complete.

This year’s allocation is about $34,000 less than the $225,000 the county was allocated for 2012 – a drop of 15 percent.

In 2011, the county received about $250,000, Steiner said, adding the reductions reflect a trend that’s been in effect for years.

Members of the planning commission will review applications June 4 during a regular commission meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. in the county commissioners hearing room.

Planning commission members will select up to four projects and their funding levels and then recommend the project list to the county commissioners for final selection.

The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for June 6 at 10 a.m. to select projects and funding.

Steiner said the county’s deadline for submitting its application to the Ohio Department of Development is June 21.

In the past, the grants have been used for a variety of projects, including the installation and repair of water and sewer lines, curbs and sidewalks, renovating town halls to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, and other public works projects, according to the planning commission’s website.

Steiner’s letter says the funds “…may be utilized in a variety of ways to further the state and federal goals of benefitting low – moderate income persons and to aid in the elimination of slum and blight.”

The county’s overall application must achieve at least a 51 percent benefit to low-moderate income residents, he said.

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