Board still pursuing grant money

Reapplication deadlines are approaching for Local Government Innovation Fund grants, and John Davoli, director of North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, is confident the group will receive them.

Davoli said he had a meeting in Columbus Wednesday after the NCOR meeting to discuss LGIF grants with officials.

“We’re optimistic,” Davoli said at Wednesday morning’s NCOR meeting. “We followed their guidelines completely. We took the information that they gave us.”

He said the cure letter was empty, which he said is a good thing because the letter usually suggests changes that need to be made to the application.

NCOR still is working on the re-application for two other LGIF grants, one that involves a compressed natural gas study and another for a study about a shared court facility for Tiffin and Seneca County.

Davoli said NCOR has made some progress in applying for the CNG study grant by getting support from local businesses such as Arnold Vending, Seneca Medical and Tiffin Paper.

Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and some downtown attorneys have given support to the shared-facility application, he said.

Davoli said the first application failed by 1.28 points, and expects the re-application to be approved.

He said the LGIF IT study has been completed.

Davoli said he is looking to get a few more signatures for the Safe Routes to School application, which has a March 1 deadline.

Also at the meeting, NCOR changed the makeup of its board of directors to include more city, county and at-large seats.