New Paris Council discusses project funding

By Kelsey Kimbler -

NEW PARIS — The Village of New Paris is getting ready for several improvement projects for village roads and water lines.

The first project to be completed is a two-phase revitalization project on East Cherry Street.

Phase I is funded through the Ohio Public Works Commission, for which funding has already been secured.The village recently sent back a signed agreement. That work will run from Washington Street to Spring Street.

Phase II is being funded through a Critical Infrastructure Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), but funding is still in the works.

Phase II has already gone through a public hearing with county commissioners, where officials received approval to submit a pre-application for the CDBG grant. Phase II has also passed the pre-application process and the village has been approved to submit an application, which Susan Laux with Mote & Associates said was due Friday, July 14.

Laux attended the New Paris Village Council meeting on Monday, July 10, to update the village on the project’s progress.

“I’ve been working with the county over the last several weeks for your Phase II. We sent the certificate of condition, that was the last piece. The application is due on Friday,” Laux said. “I’m sure that (Commissioners’ Administrative Assistant) Kim Keller is well along and within the parameters of where we need to be.”

Next, Laux discussed an Ohio Public Works Commission application necessary for proposed work to the water line on South Washington Street. She explained, “I have a resolution that needs to pass to submit the application. As we discussed last month, the project is $180,000, we’re going to ask for $150,000 for match. That’s a 16.6 percent match. I have a resolution for this evening, as well as the application documents, and the Chief Financial Officer statement for the $30,000 commitment.

“This is the first year of a three year pipeline, as you know,” she said. “It will basically be going in 2017, 2018, and 2019, for funding in 2020.”

Council voted to approve the proposed resolution and declared it an emergency, waiving the three reading rule.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH