The Village of Genoa has applied for a solid waste management district grant to help pay for a pirate ship play structure at a municipal playground.
The structure, created by the Akron-firm Bright Idea Shops, cost about $7,000. The village would be expected to pay for about half the cost, said Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.
Similar pirate ships are already located in Clay Center and at the Allen Central Park.
The Genoa grant application is one of 14 applications received in this first round of competitive grant applications for 2012, said Amy Drummer, assistant director of the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Join Solid Waste Management District.
Submissions were turned in by Jan. 31. The district’s board of directors (comprised of commissioners from all three counties involved) will select the grant winners in late March or early April, Drummer said.
Grant winners must have a recycling program in place and the items sought must be made of at least 25 percent recycled material.
According to the Bright Idea Shops website, the pirate ship is made up of UV stabilized plastic, making it free from splinters or paint chips.
The green-based company states that that it uses the equivalent eight of 11,780 gallon milk jugs (or 1,778 pounds) to construct the ship.
But, Drummer said, if the village application is not successful time around, there are two other funding rounds left in the year.
The solid waste board veered from its typical plan this year, she noted. Usually, there are only two opportunities to submit applications per year. This year, there are three, with up to $50,000 available in each round.