When the federal government’s economic stimulus plan becomes law, water quality programs are expected to receive supplemental funding, Chris Korleski, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, writes in a letter to mayors, county commissioners, and other officials.
“Federal officials have informed us that the ability to implement projects rapidly will be an important criterion for the use of these funds,” he writes. “In the event the plan becomes law, we are preparing a list of potential …applicants to pave the way for the distribution of Ohio stimulus funds to projects such as wastewater, stormwater, green infrastructure, stream restoration, and others.”
Jurisdictions with projects ready for the awarding of construction contracts by November are being asked to submit a description of the project to the EPA along with an estimate of construction costs and the amount of needed funds. Project specifications and the name of a project representative are also needed.
Applications for drinking water projects should be submitted to the EPA by March 15 and applications for pollution control projects are needed by Feb. 13.
“We cannot yet offer much information regarding the terms or conditions under which stimulus funding may be available, as the federal government has not yet made those final decisions,’ Mr. Korleski writes. “I must emphasize that submission of the requested information does not guarantee that federal funds will become available, nor does it guarantee that any specific project will receive funds if federal funds do become available.”
Information about the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account and the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund is available at EPA Web site.
Officials are asked to submit replies using the forms at www.epa.state.oh.us/defa/09stimulus.xls.
Intern at FSA
There will be a new face at the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency office when Kara Napier arrives to complete her training as an intern. Kara will be in the office for approximately five weeks, starting Feb. 9. She has been training for the last 10 months in different parts of the state to become a County Executive Director.
She has been in Scioto, Clermont, Hancock, Van Wert, Medina, Athens, Auglaize, Brown and Ross counties to complete different areas of training. While in Sandusky County, she will be acting in the CED’s capacity under supervision.
Kara grew up in Brown County on a cattle, tobacco, and hay farming operation. She attended The Ohio State University where she graduated in June 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.
Another K-9 unit
Bruno is about to get a comrade.
The Lake Township trustees last week authorized the police department to contract with a Fremont kennel for another K-9 unit for the department.
Police Chief Mark Hummer said another trained dog will “…enhance officer safety.”
In addition to drug enforcement, trained K-9 units can be used for helping to locate missing persons, building searches, and other services.
“Basically, it gives us another officer out there,” Chief Hummer said.
The department will contract with Lynnwood Kennel, Inc., for the purchase and training of a dog and its handler for $9,500.
Chief Hummer said the department has secured donations from area businesses to offset much of that cost.
The handler for the second unit will be Sgt. Scott Sims.
Last August, Bruno, the department’s trained dog, alerted to the back seat of a vehicle that police stopped in the northbound lane of I-280 for driving with an expired tag.
Two bags containing about $119,500 were found. Two men from Boardman, O. were arrested.
State Representative Randy Gardner (R – Bowling Green) was last week appointed ranking member of the House Finance-Higher Education Subcommittee.
He was also named to the Housing and Urban Revitalization, Public Utilities, and Health Committees.
Rep. Gardner has served in the state legislature since 1985 – 16 in the House and seven in the Senate.