Four Community Development Block Grant projects approved in 2012 are being completed this year in Putnam County while county officials have submitted three projects to receive funds for completion in 2014.
Ottawa, Columbus Grove, Dupont, and Cloverdale were approved in FY2012 to do projects this year. After paying out costs, the county had $94,400 available for county projects.
Ottawa is doing improvements to Court Street this year with the award it received. This includes repaving between Main and Third streets including the alley between Oak and Court streets.
In Columbus Grove, the project receiving funds this year was a sidewalk/curb replacement along Main Street from Sycamore Street to Cross Street. This involves Americans with Disabilities curb ramps at appropriate intersections.
The village of Dupont will be making village hall improvements including replacing the front steps and the sidewalk along the parking lot. Repairs will also be done to the ramp at the entrance hall.
Mahoning Street sidewalk improvements will be done this year in Cloverdale using the award it received. This includes replacing sidewalks of the east side of Mahoning Street between Plank Road and Third Street and a section of First Street and Second Street. ADA curb ramps will also be installed.
Only one project request for Main Street improvements in Belmore did not receive funding for 2013 completion.
While these projects are being done the Putnam County commissioners have submitted three projects totaling $69,600 to the Ohio Department of Development for 2014 completion. These projects are for Belmore, Columbus Grove and Ottawa.
Belmore hopes to repave the street through the intersection of Main and Road B.
Columbus Grove is proposing replacing more sidewalks and curbs along Main Street including from Library to Monroe on the west side.
Ottawa is proposing repaving North Thomas between Third and Fourth streets.
“We base our decisions on many things,” said Commissioner Travis Jerwers. “We look at need and safety when considering a project.” \
He also said they try to give all communities equal attention taking into consideration how many times the village has received prior CDBG funds.
“It’s nice to receive and use this money on a local level,” Jerwers said. “So much of the money goes to larger cities. It’s nice that this money can be used in smaller communities.”
Cindy Landwehr with the Putnam County commissioners office, said they expect to receive final approval from the state sometime in January.