More funds being sought for Fostoria housing demolition

By JIM MAURER
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TIFFIN — Jill Griffin, executive director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission, was given Seneca County commissioners’ approval to apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant through the Community Development Block Grant program. The $280,000 would be used for dilapidated housing demolition in Fostoria. Application deadline is in June.
The county sought a similar grant for the city last year. Fostoria did receive a Moving Ohio Forward Grant recently for $280,000 for housing demolition.
A public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant program will be held March 4, Griffin said.
Also, regional planning is waiting for confirmation of this year’s Community Development Block Grant allocation, but Griffin said she anticipates about $114,000, the amount received in 2013. The grant will requires a 15 or 20 percent administration fee, which can be taken from the grant amount.
Applications will be accepted for projects which meet low- to moderate-income guidelines and resolve blight or an urgent need.
A separate Critical Infrastructure Grant, of up to $300,000, may be sought through the Community Development Block Grant program, too. The funds are available to make improvements to existing infrastructure, such as bridges.
In other business, Allen Excavating, Bloomville, was the apparent low bidder for a home sewage treatment system installation in the 1300 block of Seneca County 6, in the Locust Grove area.
The company’s base bid was $10,265. The Seneca County Commissioners opened bids Thursday. The project was estimated at $12,000. A&D Excavating, New Riegel, was the only other bidder at $12,975.
The bids will be reviewed and the commissioners will take action at a later meeting.
Also, a meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 in the municipal building in New Riegel to discuss the village’s sewer rate hike. Area, state and federal legislators are expected to attend either in-person or via a conference call. Zoeller will attend the meeting, being organized by New Riegel Mayor Larry Bouillon.
A meeting to discuss a countywide emergency medical service, with a pay system for volunteers, will be held at 9 a.m. April 5 in the county fairgrounds’ Public Safety Building. Individuals will begin gathering at 8 a.m., said Ken Majors, director of the county emergency medical service.
Separately, the commissioners set a bid opening for a 234-inch wheelbase passenger van for Seneca County Opportunity Center at 10:30 a.m. March 18 in the commissioners office.
Commissioner Fred Zoeller was absent Thursday.
The commissioners also approved:
• An agreement with Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the county’s ditch maintenance program.
• A contract with Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission to administer and implement the Community Housing Improvement Program.
• A contract with Correctional Healthcare Companies Inc. for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office/county jail.
• An agreement with Seneca County Health District for 2014 nursing services at the county youth center.
Maurer: 419-427-8420, Send an E-mail to Jim Maurer

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