Review board to be dissolved
Elmore village officials are considering a measure that would retain some elements of a board that was established to oversee improvement projects in the downtown business district funded by a grant program.
Village council has asked its legal counsel to draft legislation for moving most of the responsibilities of a design review board to the village planning commission.
Regulations covering the Community Development Block Grant the village received in 1995 required the board be established to oversee funded projects.
Volunteer representatives from council, the business district, and the village’s contracted engineering firm were required to be on the review board.
With those CDBG projects complete, the review board’s work is for the most part done, said Mayor Lowell Krumnow, but village officials believe it’s practical to have a format in place if the village decides again to seek similar grant funding.
“We appreciate the work of the volunteer citizens who served on the board and how they performed for us,” the mayor said. “But we’re not planning to apply for another grant like that at this time. We’re maintaining the same rules and regulations the grant required but it will be easier for the planning commission to perform that function.”
The commission meets monthly, he said, and also represents a cross section of the community.
In December, 2004, the Ohio Department of Development announced that Elmore and six other towns were sharing $2.8 million to assist with the revitalization of their central business districts.
Elmore’s share was $400,000 and the target area for projects was bounded by the Portage River and Clinton, Ottawa, and Toledo streets.
Eligible building projects included façade improvements such as signage, awnings, window or door replacement or repair, repainting or re-siding exteriors, masonry improvements, or similar work. Some interior projects were also eligible.
The village also included infrastructure improvements in its application.
About 10 building facades and 12 interiors were covered by the grant money and matching revenues.