Monroe investment area selected

WOODSFIELD – The Washington Township/village of Graysville area was selected Monday by the Monroe County commissioners as the proposed investment area for the 2013 Neighborhool Development Program.

Two public meetings have been scheduled for April 27 and May 4 with dinner at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6.

Mary Jo Westfall, Extension Office associate, who works on grants for the county, emphasized the importance of attendance at these meetings, because citizen participation is considered to be important when the successful grant applicant is chosen.

Several proposed projects already have been selected, and these will be discussed and considered at the public meetings. Final decisions on the projects to be submitted will be made at the May 4 session.

The entities and the proposed projects are:

Washington Township:

  • Slip on Clearfork.
  • Slip on Broomstick.
  • Cement double handicapped area at the township building.
  • Cement floor in the new addition at the township building.

Village of Graysville:

  • Paving Long Run Road (preparation and ditching).
  • Drainage (in front of a property along Ohio 26 inside the village).

Graysville and Community Volunteer Fire Department:

  • Honda multi-purpose utility vehicle with Wildland skid unit and trailer tandem axle and 65-gallon tank.
  • Brush truck, four-wheel drive 5500 with Wildland skid unit and with six-cylinder diesel engine and manual, six-speed transmission and compartment spaces.
  • Backpack leaf blower (Stihl).
  • 16-inch bar chain saw (Stihl).
  • Thermal imaging camera (for sensing heat).

Community center:

  • Plaster repair (stage, gym and stairway from first-floor landing to second-floor landing).
  • Painting (stage, gym and stairway walls).
  • New water fountain.
  • Outside basketball court (including poles and backboards).
  • Playground lighting and cameras.

If this section of Monroe County is chosen on the state level as an investment area, $300,000 will be available for projects.

After selecting the investment area, commissioners adjourned the meeting to attend a County Commissioners Association meeting at Undo’s near St. Clairsville.

When they returned to Monroe County at 3 p.m., commissioners went into executive session with Mike Seyer of Clemans, Nelson and Associates and Andrea Smith, the new administrator at the Monroe County Care Center, in regard to personnel and contract negotiations. No action was taken after that session.