Fayette OKd for road, sewer grants 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette got part of what it was after from the Ohio Public Works Commission, but the search for funds continues for a pair of infrastructure projects.

The Small Government fund of the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) approved full funding of the West Industrial Parkway sewer and water project through a grant and a loan. The project includes repaving the road following construction.

The work would replace a gravity sewer line with a lift station and replace a water main. The project would help prepare the area for future industrial development.

The village would receive $53,390 in a grant and $56,610 in a loan for the $110,000 project.

Village administrator Amy Metz said the funding remains in place for two years, but she hopes to succeed in obtaining additional money to allow the project to get underway this year.

The village also has two years to come up with half the cost of widening Gamble Road from S. Fayette Street east to the end of the new school property.

The road measures only 18 feet in width. A project costing $245,000 would increase the width to 21 feet, relocate utility poles and install street lighting.

A grant would furnish $120,041 and a loan would cover the remaining $125,000.

Metz is seeking CDBG funding through the Fulton County Regional Planning office, but she noted that an income survey needs to accompany the request.

Metz thanked Steve Brown from the county regional planning office and Yvonne Beck from Small Government for their assistance.

TRASH—In Metz’s report to council last Tuesday, she noted that nearly 30 households participated in the spring cleanup effort in which a fee was charged for curbside pickup.

BRUSH—Brush collection for chipping continues through Friday. Residents are invited to transport their own brush to the village barn west of Eagle Street at any time.

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