The Village submitted two projects for Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant consideration for 2021. Of the 73 submitted projects in our district, 49 have been recommended for final approval and funding. Only one of our projects scored high enough to be recommended for funding approval.
The first project, Fremont-Brown water infrastructure replacement, was not recommended by the OPWC District 17 Integrated Committee for grant approval. The total project cost submitted was $224,368, with the Village contributing $85,584 in local funds, borrowing $46,500 for the project, and requesting grant funding of $92,284. This project has been sent to the Small Government committee for further consideration; however, projects funded from the Small Government committee are funded by low-interest loans to the municipalities, not by grants.
The second project, Park Drive Resurfacing, was recommended for funding by the OPWC District 17 Integrated Committee. The Village sought grant funding for $249,342, with the Village contributing $187,584, for a total project cost of $436,926. This project will resurface Park Drive, from Cliff Street to Dorchester Drive, and will also resurface Summers Choice Drive. In addition to the resurfacing, sidewalks and curbs will be replaced on east side of South Park Drive, between East Market and East Johnson, and a new sidewalk installed along Johnson Park to connect the sidewalk from Johnson Street to Elmwood Avenue. ADA accessible curb ramps will also be installed at appropriate crossing locations.