Commissioners allocate block grant funding

By Zach Gase

Staff Writer

The Seneca County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to approve projects and amounts for the Community Development Block Grant at a meeting Tuesday.

The county had its second public hearing Tuesday, and the commissioners finalized details involving CDBG applications.

For the county’s Allocation Program in which the county is receiving $114,000 to use on up to three projects the commissioners selected projects in Fostoria, Bloomville and Bettsville.

Fostoria is to receive $9,500 to install handicapped accessible doors in the city’s municipal building. Bloomville is to receive $40,000 to make street, curb, sidewalk and drainage improvements. Bettsville is allotted $47,500 for a culvert replacement.

The county has also applied for two competitive set-aside grants Critical Infrastructure and Neighborhood Revitalization worth up to $300,000 each.

The commissioners selected street improvements in New Riegel for the Critical Infrastructure grant and street improvements, sidewalk improvements and a demolition in Fostoria for the Neighborhood Revitalization grant.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners discussed helping to facilitate an open meeting for Bascom residents who are looking for contractors to hook up their homes to the new sewage system.

County Engineer Mark Zimmerman said at a previous commissioners’ meeting that landowners could pay up to $5,000 for inspections and installation fees.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said this meeting could connect homeowners with contractors and potentially save the residents money.

Commissioner Holly Stacy said the open house for the plant that Zimmerman previously spoke about could be a good time for the meeting.

Zoeller also said Seneca Industrial and Economic Development searching for a replacement for President and CEO Rich Focht, who is retiring at the end of the year.