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An application for Community Development Block Grant funding that includes a request for $59,100 for improvements to the senior center in the Village of Genoa has been authorized by the Ottawa County commissioners.

The commissioners Tuesday authorized a total of $97,000 in funding requests that will be submitted to the Ohio Development Services Agency for final approval.

Kevin Gladden, village administrator, said the funding, if received, would be used to upgrade windows of the senior center building, for a new rear door, tuckpointing, painting and roof repairs.

“The senior program has been pretty successful but the building has been in need of some work,” he said. “The rear of the building is in pretty rough shape.”

Two years ago, the village used CDBG funds for curb ramps and improvements to the front of the building, he added.

The building is located at 514 Main Street in half of a former hardware store. Programs are open to Ottawa County seniors.

Commissioner Steve Arndt said he was confident the state would approve the funding requests but noted the county’s share is about half of what it received in recent years.

Other applications approved by the commissioners include:
• Senior Center Put-in-Bay Township - $17,400
• Public services - $14,500
• Fair Housing - $1,000
• Administration - $5,000

The commissioners also authorized a request to seek $350,000 in CDBG loan funding for a Main Street Revitalization Project in Port Clinton.

Of that amount, $150,000 will be used as a loan for public infrastructure improvements in the city’s downtown business district and $200,000 will go to loans for renovations in the private sector.

Both loans will include interest rates of 2 percent.

In other business, the commissioners approved a maintenance assessment agreement with the Sandusky County commissioners for Bolsinger Joint County Ditch and a maintenance work proposal for Indian Joint County Ditch 925.

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