County to apply for community improvement grant

By Martin Graham - [email protected]

The Fayette County Commissioners met recently to approve several items, including setting a date for an annual public hearing aimed at the continued improvement of the county.

It was moved by commissioner Dan Dean and seconded by commissioner Jack DeWeese to conduct a public hearing on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Office on the fourth floor of the county building on Main Street in Washington Court House. The purpose of this meeting will allow the public, including municipality councils within the county, the chance to weigh in on the county’s intent to apply for fiscal year 2016 federal funds from the Community Development Block grant Small Cities Program.

“We look primarily to the communities and within the city of Washington Court House to find out if there are proposed improvements that will fit under the guidelines that the community block development grant would allow,” commissioner Tony Anderson said during an interview Monday. “We typically look at those and try to find out if there are areas of need that make it more difficult for the local communities to provide for without this grant in assistance to them doing it. We have already spent the previous year’s money on things to be done this year, and we have done projects in a number of places.”

The list of communities that have benefited from these grants include Milledgeville, Jeffersonville, Bloomingburg, Washington C.H. and others.

“If folks of Jeffersonville would tell their council, ‘We would like to have this fixed,’ the mayor Bob Kinzer has already been to a few of our meetings, so I know they will show up,” Anderson said. “Gayle Brown has been here for Bloomingburg. When we fixed the septic systems out in Good Hope, we had some money left over to fix a few sidewalks out there. So it might help improvements in a block development grant program. If anyone would bring up items they believe might be worth fixing to any of the local councils, we would then encourage the councils to attend and let us know so maybe we can get it done.”

Other items discussed and approved during the meeting include; the purchase of Video Security Equipment to be used at the Agricultural Building at 1415 U.S. Rt. 22 SW, the acceptance of a proposal for the installation of a 25 KW Generator Water Cooled 120/208 Three Phase at the Fayette County Life Building on East Temple Street, and a resolution to continue the lease with the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center for their current building at 1300 E. Paint Street.

By Martin Graham

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Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy