County to apply for infrastructure funding

By Martin Graham -

The Fayette County Commissioners recently approved the 2016 plans for the county’s intent to apply to the Ohio Department of Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program.

The commissioners held the second of two meetings on May 16 with the purpose of hearing public input for the fiscal year 2016 CDBG Allocation Program funds of $77,000. The county will also apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant up to $374,500 for the Village of Jeffersonville and the Critical Infrastructure Grant up to $300,000 for the City of Washington Court House.

The county will apply the allocation amount of $35,000 each to Jeffersonville and Washington C.H. in an effort to provide additional funds for their competitive grant applications. The remaining $7,000 will be applied to administration. Additionally, Washington C.H. will provide funding of about $80,000 and Jeffersonville will complete four additional projects at an estimated cost of $32,000 to provide leverage to the grant application.

The projects Jeffersonville intends to complete thanks to the funding include sidewalk and curb replacement on West High Street, a street surface overlay on Maple and Railroad, a road resurfacing on Carr Road, and the community park is planned to receive playground equipment, a shelter house and ball field lights for three fields. The price, minus money from the village to pay for some of the updates, is $374,500.

Washington C.H. is planning to spend $400,000 on resurfacing Oakland Avenue and replacing sidewalk. With additional funding from the city, the grant total comes to $300,000.

After the meeting was concluded, commissioners Tony Anderson and Dan Dean approved an authorization for Jay Myers, community development director, to proceed with the filing of applications for the grants and funds.

Additionally, the commissioners re-appointed Vincent Chrisman to the Fayette County Zoning Appeals Board for a five-year term which begins in June. Finally, the commissioners, per the recommendation of county engineer Steve Luebbe, moved and accepted the bid from Cox Paving, LLC for the Market Street Parking Lot Project. The bid was about $12,000 cheaper than the engineers’ estimate for $98,060.29.

By Martin Graham

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