Powhatan seeks CDBG funding

POWHATAN POINT – The topic dominating Tuesday night’s village council meeting in Powhatan Point dealt with information concerning grants, and officials also heard about a proposed senior citizen housing project.

Action was taken to hire a police officer and renew the solicitor’s contract.

With regard to grants, council authorized Mayor Mark McVey to prepare the necessary paperwork seeking Community Development Block Grant funding for Phase 2 of the Ohio 7 South drainage project. The village will request $45,000 through Bel-O-Mar for a 1,300-foot run.

Councilman Dave Walters was given the nod to seek a $5,000 competitive grant from the JB Green Team. If awarded, the grant will help pay for concrete pads as well as benches and trash receptacles made of recycled materials for the marina.

Walters also made mention that the village has received a 12-and-a-half percent reimbursement check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work done on streets.

Councilman Brady Dierkes noted the village will receive a $9,384 NatureWorks Grant for work on the restrooms at the marina.

Thomas Simons, senior vice president, The Woda Group, Columbus, approached council with a request for a resolution of support for a senior housing project. Mayor McVey will forward drawings for the proposed units to Solicitor Bean, who was not in attendance, and will notify Simons of council’s decision after the Feb. 19 council meeting.

Simons wishes to utilize the resolution of support as a part of the firm’s package requesting grant funding.

According to Simons, if the project is approved for funding, it will include up to 24 one-story units to house seniors from age 55 up.

Simons said The Woda Group would be making a $4 million investment. The housing units would be constructed at a north end extension of Carrie Street.

The contract of Solicitor Charles Bean was renewed for one year, retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year. His rate of pay will remain the same.

Following an executive session to discuss personnel with regard to hiring, council agreed to hire Shadyside resident Donnie Coulette as a part-time, as needed, police officer.