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Grants could provide additional funding in Jefferson County

Updated: Thursday, May 29 2014, 06:45 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - The second public hearing for Community Development Block Grant funding was held Thursday as Jefferson County officials outlined projects they wish to accomplish with this year's round of finances.  
With $159,000 in funding this year, two street improvement programs and a water rehabilitation program were highlighted. But critical infrastructure grants could provide additional money to be used throughout the county.
Paving projects in Bergholz and Steubenville Township, and a water project in Tiltonsville are what will be submitted in the grant application.
"I think every community in the Ohio Valley has been experiencing water-line breaks," Regional Planning Director Domenick Mucci said. "We have an aging infrastructure in Eastern Ohio that needs to be addressed. That community is not unlike any other community, or Jefferson County."
The commission will also be applying for two critical infrastructure grants for Steubenville Township and another for Toronto to be put toward a bridge replacement that serves the titanium metals plant.
"It would shut down the operation of the plant, so it's critical that we get it done and get it done before the bridge becomes too critical of condition," Toronto Mayor John Geddis said.
The total cost for the bridge replacement is $2.2 million. Geddis said they've already secured alternative funding for the project.
"Well, every dollar helps," Geddis said. "ODOT gave us 80 percent of the bridge dollars for this project, but we've also tried to line up others. It will be critical and helpful if the funding for this $150,000 comes through."
For the paving project in Bergholz, the village is not IMI qualified. But a door-to-door survey may allow the commission to be approved for the projects.
It's something officials are asking residents for help in supporting.
"We encourage the residents of Burgholz if one of their elected officials or representatives comes knocking at the door to participate in the survey because it could bring dollars to their community," Mucci said.
All of the applications, both for the CBDG-funded projects and the critical infrastructure project, are due by June 20.
The planning commission hopes to know by the fall if their projects have been accepted.

Grants could provide additional funding in Jefferson County


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