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Public meeting set for Neighborhood Revitalization Grant

Sarah Hawley shawley@civitasmedia.com

January 10, 2014

MIDDLEPORT — A public meeting for the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant application will be held on Monday, Jan. 13.


The meeting is the first of three required before the application can be submitted. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Middleport Village Hall. The meeting will take place during the regular council meeting.


The Neighborhood Revitalization grant is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $300,000 which is awarded annually throughout the state. Each year, 10 communities throughout Ohio receive the grant.


Over the past several years, Racine, Syracuse, Pomeroy, Middleport and Rutland have all applied for the Neighborhood Revitalization grant, with Rutland’s projects currently under way.


The Neighborhood Revitalization program is targeted to distressed communities or areas of Ohio which have a low to moderate income (LMI) population of at least 60 percent.


The grant is competitive, with several factors contributing to the communities final points total.


Points may be earned by how closely the chosen projects match the survey of village resident thoughts, matching funds and other projects.


To help determine the needs and wants of village residents, a need survey will be distributed through the Meigs County Grants Office and the Village of Middleport Mayor’s Office. The survey allows for residents to express their opinion on what repairs and/or improvements are needed in the village.


Matching money can include anything from donations to formula money awarded for other projects in the village.


The grant is designed to improve communities through several types of projects.


Projects which may be funded by the grant include: improvements to streets, sidewalks, community centers, parks and recreation, public sewer and water systems, and fire facilities. The grant can also help provide fire equipment and demolish unsafe structures.


The meeting on Monday will provide residents with information on the program and allow for those in attendance to ask questions and provide input on the projects.


Anyone who would like to complete a need survey and cannot attend the public meeting is encouraged to call 992-7908 and speak to Denise.