MOUNT VERNON — Local projects to be covered by potential funds from a Community Development Block Grant were discussed when Amy Schocken of Community Development Corporations of Ohio met with the Knox County Board of Commissioners on Monday afternoon. Also in attendance as interested parties were Jan Reynolds, director of the Ariel Foundation; Kim Marshall, director of the Knox County Park District; and Julie Miller and Nate Overholt from the Knox County Health Department.
Projects discussed were part of a neighborhood revitalization project for the Columbus Road/South Vernon target area. Schocken explained that meetings have taken place with area residents and township trustees where a list of projects was compiled based on numerous priorities. Knox County Engineer Jim Henry came up with preliminary figures for costs of each project and categorized them by type of project. “We need to figure out what we want to fund and where we want to go from here,” said Schocken.
A layout of potential funds was submitted to the commissioners along with a list of proposed projects and costs. Total Neighborhood Revitalization Funds and CDBG formula funds stand at $357,000 after administration and Fair Housing costs.
Potential projects include paving portions of the Heart of Ohio Trail; sidewalks on Madison Avenue, South Norton Street and Johnson Avenue; street paving on Madison Avenue and South Norton Street at Foundation Park; storm drainage on Crystal Avenue and Seventh Street; and sanitary sewer lateral costs for residents in Clinton Township. Schocken stated that the sewer laterals, which is proposed for low- to moderate-income homeowners, may see a reduction in proposed covered costs. The proposed project is for five homeowners and includes a $4,000 debt assessment fee which may be reduced.