Plan commission to review grant requests
Thirteen municipalities and agencies in Wood County have filed applications for Community Development Block Grant funding for various projects.
The requests total $570,001 but the county’s allocation of CDBG funding is only $191,000. Of that, the county planning commission will deduct about $31,000 for administration costs.
The planning commission will review the applications during its June 4 meeting and select four for recommendation to the county commissioners.
Local municipalities and agencies to submit applications are:
-The Village of Walbridge is requesting $49,980 to cover most of the costs for installing 32 curb ramps along Main Street between Union and Elm streets to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The total project cost is $54,980 and the village intends to pay $5,000.
-The City of Northwood is requesting $50,000 to help pay for replacing a trunk sewerline that serves Goodrich Avenue and for resurfacing about 750 feet of Harding Avenue. The total cost of the projects is $143,200.
-The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is requesting $50,000 to cover the entire cost of installing a sewer system on Rudolph Road between State Route 281 and Bays Road. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has mandated the sewers be installed.
-The WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. is requesting $40,000 to provide utility assistance to 50 county residents who are veterans, displaced workers, or recently released inmates. The commission would use $295,764 from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help pay the total project cost of $335,764.
-The Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities is requesting $16,178 to completely cover the cost of installing 225 feet of concrete sidewalk and two ADA mats along the corner of Woodlane School to minimize pedestrian traffic on driveways.
Other villages to submit requests are Bradner, Custar, Cygnet, Hoytville, Jerry City, Milton Center, and North Baltimore. The City of Rossford also submitted a request to help pay for reconstructing 600 feet of Roland Court.
Spirit Award winners
The Wood County board of commissioners will honor the 2013 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a ceremony June 9 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.
The winners include former Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn for Self-Government, Pemberville businessman Todd Sheets for Industrial/Economic Development, and Perrysburg resident David Little for Agricultural Leadership.
Judith Justus from Perrysburg and Gregg Glamm, DDS, from North Baltimore will be presented the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
The awards, presented in conjunction with Wood County Heritage Days, are awarded to citizens who show qualities in bettering the county.
The commissioners have been honoring residents since 1987.
EPA loan approved
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has received a $15,000 low-interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to help the City of Rossford plan to replace a Colony Road pump station.
During some rain storms and snow melts, the collection system discharges raw sewage to Grassy Creek, a tributary of the Maumee River. The district is pursuing city-wide improvements to correct problems with water infiltrating the collection system.
Since 1989, Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects.