CDBG SECOND HEARING … Williams County Commissioners Lew Hilkert and Brian Davis, along with Bart Westfall who will become step into the position of commissioner in January, listened as MVPO Dennis Miller gave the information via Zoom for a second hearing. The hearing was for some critical infrastructure work that needs to be done in Montpelier. (PHOTO BY REBECCA MILLER, STAFF)
By: Rebecca Miller
Williams County Commissioners met for regular session and a second hearing on Monday morning, December 5, 2022.
The commissioners and Clerk Anne Retcher planned to be at the commissioners conference on Thursday, the 8th.
During the regular portion of the morning, Commissioners Lew Hilkert and Brian Davis approved the following:
- Resolution 314 supplemental appropriations
- Resolutions 315-320 were all entering in IV-E contracts between Williams County Department of Job and Family Services and agencies which provide for provision of child placement. Those included – Applewood Centers, Inc.; Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau; Keystone Richland Center, LLC dba Foundations for Living; Inner Peace Homes, Inc.; Belmont Pines Hospital and RTC; and Hittle House, LLC.
- Resolution 321-awarding bid for Hillside Farm Lease to Logan Reese for a bid of $45,308.20 for a five-year lease
- Also signed: notice of award – Pioneer Crommer Park Project; engineer credit card appropriations for December; four permits to work within county/township road right of way limits with Frontier Communications
- Minutes of December 1, 2022 and payment of bills
Following a short recess, the Commissioners met via Zoom with Maumee Valley Planning Organization representative Dennis Miller for a second hearing in regards to CDBG Critical Infrastructure.
The meeting was held via Zoom as the man scheduled to be there in person was unable to make it to the meeting.
Miller stated that the first hearing for community development was held back in the spring of the year and this second one was to fulfill the requirement of each application.
“We are looking at assisting the Village of Montpelier with a Critical Infrastructure Application for the lining of the 54-inch Cranberry Run sewer that runs just to the south of the Main St. in Montpelier at the west end of town,” Miller said.
They are looking at doing the 200 and 300 block section of that sewer as it is part of the control plan under their findings and orders with Ohio EPA.
“They are required to make these improvements,” Miller continued, “and they did apply for Ohio Public Works Commission Funds in the amount of $161,350.”
“They were going to match that and we have an opportunity of funding what is left under round 2 of the Critical Infrastructure.”
“What we would be looking at doing is applying for the #322,700 which would be an amount equal to the public works and the village matching funds, so we would end up with the project right around $650,000 to make those improvements leveraging the public works local funds to get the critical funds through CDBG.”
He added that it is a large project and “with all the funding coming together, it will allow them to have all the blocks improved except the 400 block,” which would need to be done at a later date.
He clarified that the public works money is a grant. There was no action that needed to be taken by the board, so after thanking Miller for the hearing, they adjourned for the day.
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