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Pemberville will try again for grant funding for streetscape plan PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 October 2013 08:45
PEMBERVILLE - Village officials said Tuesday they will refocus their efforts to obtain funding to help finance a downtown streetscape plan.
Mayor Gordon Bowman told council the village's initial application didn't score well in its first review. He said the problem appears to be with the village's matching-fund contribution.
Council approved moving forward with the grant application in September after years of discussing new curbs, sidewalks and other improvements along several blocks of Front Street (Ohio 105). The work is planned for 2015 when the Ohio Department of Transportation intends to improve Route 105 through the village.
The village proposal called for a 30 percent local match, using some of ODOT's work as part of the match. Bowman said the review committee disallowed the ODOT portion, taking the village's match to less than 20 percent.
"Stay tuned for future updates," Council Member Eric Campbell said.
Bowman said the village will "learn from the experience."
Council also:
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Heard that brush pickup is scheduled Monday. Campbell said the village calendar also shows brush pickup Dec. 2 but warned "that's tentative because of winter weather."
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Learned leaf collection will start Oct. 21.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Scheduled a meeting of the Finance Committee for Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. and of the Safety Committee for Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Approved spending up to $1,600 to transplant a dozen trees from the Sycamore Street right-of-way to the walking trail. Member Randy Rothenbuhler abstained.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Discussed automatic locks on the village restrooms and decided to seek additional information.

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