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A committee meeting of Woodville Village Council is planned for Feb. 10 to discuss an application for a federal grant to purchase a S. Perry Street property as part of a hazard mitigation program.

The environmental and community development committee will meet at 7:45 p.m., following council’s regular meeting.

If the grant is received, the village will use the funds to purchase the property and demolish the residence, said Barb Runion, village fiscal officer.

She said the current owner has been unable to sell the property due to seasonal flooding of the Portage River.

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Trail Marker Park in Woodville is frequently flooded by the Portage River.

The village would be required to have the property assessed and offer fair market value to the owner.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, through its Ohio office, is administering the Unified Hazard Mitigation Program that offers grant money to states and local governments for mitigation projects.

Once the property is purchased, the village will have to comply with deed restrictions that limit how the property can be used, Runion said, adding it will likely be left as a vacant lot.

“We’ll have to plant it with grass and then every three years provide proof that we haven’t developed it,” she said.

A public notice of the grant proposal was placed in the Jan. 27 issue of The Press.

Persons who want to offer comments on the grant proposal should send them to Nicholas Mueller, Regional Environmental Officer, FEMA Region V, 536 S. Clark Street, 6th Floor, Chicago, Ill. 60605. His email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To receive grant funding, the village must:
• Ensure the property owner is voluntarily participating in the program.

• Ensure the owner is aware of what the village considers the fair market value of the property.

• Ensure the land will not be available for levees.

• Remove existing structures within 90 days of settlement.

A public hearing may be scheduled if there is sufficient opposition to the proposed acquisition, Runion said.

Bill Rowles, the village zoning inspector, originally brought the idea for applying for a grant to the attention of village officials, she said.

According to the website, FloodSmart.gov, the property is located in a high-risk area where there is at least a one in four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.

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