MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners are working with Clinton Township, CDC of Ohio, Mount Vernon Nazarene University SIFE Students and the Ariel Foundation to obtain almost $1 million in federal grant funds to make improvements in the Columbus Road, South Vernon, Buckeye Addition neighborhood.
The commissioners thank the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Students In Free Enterprise group for all its help with making this grant application possible.
If funded, eligible grant activities include helping low- to moderate-income homeowners with home improvements, demolition of dilapidated buildings, extending the Heart of Ohio Trail, new sidewalks, storm drainage improvements, street improvements, cleaning out Dry Creek and helping low-income homeowners connect to public sewer.
The county has scheduled the following meetings to inform residents of the proposed grant opportunities and to get feedback from residents on what improvements they want and need in their neighborhood.
Public meetings will be held Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 142 Columbus Road; and Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at Clinton Township House, 350 Johnson Ave. Informational sessions will be held for senior citizens Monday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at The Station Break Senior Citizen Center, 501 S. Main St.; and for parents of Columbia School students Wednesday, May 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the elementary school.
Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend one or more of these meetings. Local input is very important and helps to get the grants funded.