McARTHUR — The Village of McArthur is seeing progress in regards to gaining funding for costly repair projects.

McArthur Village Council voted at its Sept. 18 meeting to move forward with a grant application from the Ohio Public Works Commission to potentially go toward sewer repair projects in the village.

The Vinton County Development Department’s grant application, approved by county commissioners in June, on behalf of the Village of McArthur was recently approved, granting nearly $400,000 to the village for a box culvert repair on Route 50 West.

The funding comes from the Community Development and Critical Infrastructure Program. Hamden’s application, also approved by commissioners this summer, that was geared toward a sewer system replacement was also approved.

With the box culvert project addressed, council now looks toward the task of obtaining funding for a sewer repair project.

Kevin Wood of IBI Group attended Council’s March meeting to talk to members about funding options for sewer repair projects. Wortman noted then a storm sewer project would take several years to accomplish, as most of the storm sewers in the village are clogged up or covered in sod. A storm sewer project would recreate storm sewers in the village and redirect water into catch basins.

Wood stated the area on the east end of town has eroded greatly. The village identified this area as one in need of storm sewer improvement.

Wood estimated that the cost of the initial phases would be roughly $500,000.

Wood attended Council’s September meeting also to walk members through the process of applying for an Ohio Public Works grant.

Wood noted that because of the grant program’s competitive point-based nature, the odds of obtaining this grant are much higher if the village commits a higher percentage of matched funding to the project. Wood also pointed out a financial commitment from the village could be paid for through a the OPWC’s loan program.

Ultimately, Council applied for the OPWC grant, with the help of Wood. If awarded, the village will receive $385,000 toward the project, and could also be eligible for a $165,000 zero-interest loan from the OPWC.

Other items on the meeting agenda:

  • Heard public comment from Jim Woodell and Shirley Smith.
  • Approved a tentative date for an Athletic Boosters boot drop fundraiser in the village on Oct. 12.
  • Heard department head reports from Fire Chief Chuck Fri and McArthur Police Chief Matt Kight. Fri noted the burn ban would soon come into effect. ODNR Division of Forestry law, ORC 1503.18, bans outdoor burning statewide in unincorporated areas in the spring and fall between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. All open burning and prescribed fires are prohibited in Ohio in the months of March, April, May, October, and November, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Chief Kight updated council on the police department’s new canine, Zara. Zara completed her certification recently. Kight also told council he was planning a law enforcement versus fire department basketball tournament, scheduled for November.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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