Second public hearing held for CDBG funding


By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@registerherald.com



PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Commissioners held the second public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2020 funding cycle during a meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

FY2020 CDBG Allocation Projects

Commission Clerk Kim Keller explained, “This year the county will be receiving CDBG allocation funds. We don’t know exactly how much, the minimum amount everybody gets is $150,000. Based on the last time we got formula allocation, I’m hopeful we’ll get at least $170,000. They are currently working on the allocations right now, I’ve been in contact with my rep. She will let me know as soon as possible how much it is, because their training session is not until the end of April and that is usually when they let us know.

“Right now we’re working on the assumption that we will probably get $170,000. If we don’t get that much, then depending on what projects get chosen for the allocation program, it might require some adjustments, depending on what we actually finally end up with. Hopefully it will be more than what we’re expecting.”

The following are this year’s applicants for allocation funding:

•Preble County Habitat for Humanity — provide grant funding and low interest loans for a new Home Repair Program that provides assistance to LMI homeowners, in order to keep their homes safe and maintain stable living conditions. Total cost is $20,000, CDBG request is $5,000, with $5,000 Ohio Habitat for Humanity/OSDA HAGP and $10,000 FHLB Carol M. Peterson matching funds.

•Village of Camden — removal and replacement of inlets on both sides of East Central Avenue from Second Street east to Depot Street. The project includes reconstruction of existing manholes, new storm sewer, and curb and sidewalk replacement, approximately 375 l.f. Project includes pavement repair and wedge along curbs to assist in proper drainage. Total cost $191,753, CDBG request $117,431, with $50,000 village cash and $24,322 village in-kind matching funds.

•City of Eaton — milling, repair, and paving of a one block section of Mechanic Street between North Barron and Beech streets with some driveway, curb and sidewalk repair, as needed. Project includes tree removal of damaging trees and some pavement and asphalt resurfacing. Total cost $105,900, CDBG request $65,900, with $40,000 cash matching funds.

•Harrison Township — Paving of approximately 3,295 l.f. of streets within the unincorporated area known as West Sonora, including portions of Hickory, Main, and Freemont Streets with an inch and a half layer of asphalt surface and placement of stabilized aggregate berming to protect the new edges. Total cost $75,000, CDBQ request $45,000, with $30,000 village cash matching funds.

•Village of New Paris — full-depth reclamation and paving of approximately 847 l.f. of dead-end street from Cardinal Hill Road at Hawley Mills Road with stabilized subbase and new driving surface. Total cost $130,000, CDBG request $65,000, with $65,000 village cash matching funds.

•Village of West Alexandria — street, sidewalk and drainage improvements including construction of new inlets at the intersection of West Second Street and Voge Street. Project also includes new storm sewer construction along the south side of West Second Street, removal and replacement of approximately 270 feet of existing curb and sidewalk on west Second Street, beginning at the West side of Voge Street and repair of pavement as needed and repaving the street. Total cost $154,970, CDBG request $86,200, with $50,000 village cash and $18,777 village in-kind matching funds.

FY2020 CDBG Critical Infrastructure Projects

The following were past recipients of the Preble County CDBG Critical Infrastructure funding:

•Gratis, 2016, Ada Doty Waterline Replacement, $100,000

•New Paris, 2017, East Cherry Street Improvements, $300,000

•College Corner, 2017, Eaton Street Improvements, $300,000

•Eldorado, 2019, Waste Water Treatment Plant Facility Improvements, $480,000

Keller explained, “We did find out that it is possible for us to apply for two critical infrastructures again this year, even though we have one that is currently open. That is a change.”

This year’s applicants include:

•Village of Camden — removal and replacement of approximately 48 deteriorated and non-functional catch basins throughout the entire village with related curb and sidewalk replacement on the north side of St. Clair Street from Liberty Street to East Lafayette Street. This project includes curb, sidewalk, storm sewers and asphalt overlay on South Street from South Lafayette Street to Route 127, and will construct curb and drive apron on the east side of Deport Street. Total cost is $426,156, CDBG request is $337,300, with $70,000 village cash and $18,876 village in-kind matching funds.

•Village of West Alexandria — install new inlets, manholes, and storm sewer along West Third Street and Voge Street, including removal and replacement of existing curb and sidewalk beginning on Voge Street at West Dayton Street and continuing to Main Street (U.S. Route 35). This project will widen the street as necessary to obtain a uniform width, plane and repair pavement where needed, install new storm inlets and storm sewer, and overlay the street with new asphalt. The total length of the project is approximately 1,900 l.f. Total cost if $618,414, CDBG request is $468,534, with $100,000 village cash and $49,860 village in-kind matching funds.

According to Keller, everything is due to the state by June 17. She will be notifying chosen projects on items she needs to make the application more competitive.

By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@registerherald.com

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

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