By Frank Lewis
The village of New Boston will receive a $50,000 Local Government Innovation Program grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency for the New Boston Sanitary Sewer Feasibility Study
“We applied for this grant last year and we got turned down,” New Boston Village Administrator Steve Hamilton told the Daily Times. “But we reapplied this year, and I’ve been working with RCAP (Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program) and Nathan Davis. We asked for $100,000 and they gave us $50, for a feasibility study and that is a study of the sewer lines that are now in the ground to see how bad they are. That’s what the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) wants us to do.”
The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded 13 grants to assist efficiency and collaboration projects across the state, totaling $525,640 and two are in southeast Ohio. The one awarded to New Boston and one to Tiltonsville.
Hamilton said the grant is in-kind, which means there will be no cost to the village as long as he keeps the time that he is out on the project or any of his employees are on the site working.
“It will be in-kind, meaning the village will have no cost to pay back,” Hamilton said. “When I go to (village) Council and tell them what’s really going on with our sewer lines, it will give me the study that shows them, plus for the Long Term Control Plan to do stuff in the future it will give us ammunition as to where we need to start on relining sewer lines.”
The Local Government Innovation Fund consists of two programs, the Local Government Innovation Program, which is the category under which the New Boston grant was awarded and the Local Government Efficiency Program. Together those programs assist communities with shared services and efficiency projects in all aspects of operations.
“Through sharing services and collaboration, communities can save money and deliver their services more efficiently,” David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, said.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.