By DAVID GREEN
Fayette village council members voted Aug. 12 to move forward with the next step of the Industrial Parkway project: an exploration of the road subsurface to see what's needed in the rehabilitation effort.
With David Wheeler absent, council voted unanimously to hire Bowser-Morner to make soil borings on the road. This would determine if the road can be built up and widened in its present condition or if a new base would need to be constructed.
The soil borings were underway last week and cost $3,100. The village hired its own traffic control crew to reduce costs.
Matt Gilroy from the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation told council members that the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) has agreed to give Fayette up to $12,000 to get the project underway, with two stipulations.
If the village is successful in obtaining grants for the project—possibly $800,000—and moves forward with the work, then the CIC should be repaid. Additionally, the CIC wants to see a financial agreement between the village and Gorham Township officials regarding the local share of the project, estimated at $200,000.
The CIC funding will pay for the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant application, the geotechnical work that got underway last week, and the conceptual phase engineering costs.
Gilroy added that Jobs Ohio likes to be involved in job growth projects and additional funding might come from that direction. ODOT might also get involved.
Fulton County Auditor Brett Kolb told council members that the ZF TRW expansion underway should bring in more than $43,000 in new tax revenue county-wide. Although the school district captures nearly 60 percent of the money, Gorham Township is expected to receive $2,685 in additional revenue and the village would receive $4,581 annually.
The amount of taxes the village receives from the industry will double, Kolb said, although the first money won't come in until February 2017.
An earlier estimate put funding higher, Kolb said, but since the new building is quite specific to a certain kind of business, the value is reduced.
"It's great to get CIC's commitment," said village administrator Steve Blue. "It's imperative that we get the township's support for the Ohio Public Works grant."
Blue said he's concerned about obtaining enough points in the grant process for the OPWC funding process. A one-week traffic count is required. Other factors include safety conditions, the age of the road and the percent of the village that would benefit from the road improvement.
"We need as many points as we can get," Blue said. "We might not have enough for the first round, but we would have a much better chance for “small government grants” in the second round of funding.
The village is hoping to receive a $400,000 grant from OPWC, covering half the cost of the project.