TRUMBULL COUNTY Officials to apply for bike trail grant

Commissioners also agreed to help buy business clothes for low-income women.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners will apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for $7,520 for design work on a third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.
The money is being sought from ODNR's Recreational Trails Financial Assistance program.
The Trumbull County Metropolitan Parks Board will provide an additional $1,880 toward the project.
The total $9,400 is the required 20-percent share needed for the Surface Transportation Program administered through the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.
Phase III of the trail, using a $400,000 federal transportation grant, would be from Champion Avenue in Champion Township to the county engineer's office on North River Road in Warren Township.
Money for this project was not included in the latest state capital budget proposal, county planners said. State Sen. Marc Dann of Liberty, D-32nd, however, is working with ODNR on this grant, approval of which could allow construction next year.
Modified agreement
In other business Wednesday, commissioners agreed to modify an agreement between the county Department of Job and Family Services and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane. The agreement runs from July 1, 2004, through June 30.
The change added $50,000 to the original $86,500 contract, because of more people being referred to a work adjustment and work evaluation program there, said Thomas Mahoney, JFS director.
Commissioners also approved at JFS' request an agreement with Dress For Success, 418 Main Ave.
The Dress for Success program supplies low-income women with needed business clothing, and training in assertiveness, communication, health and grooming to re-enter the job market and succeed. The cost is not to exceed $4,140.
In other business
Commissioners also:
UApproved spending $5,000 from the county's loan guarantee program for the county's share of a $100,000 project approved by the Reinvestment Partnership Corp. for Biskets and Baskets Inc., 7500-B Cherry St., Hubbard. The business plans to create four jobs and acquire assets and capital over three years.
UAppointed two more members to a citizen advisory board that is participating in county budget hearings this week: John P. Mahan, owner and president of A & amp;M Development Corp.; and Chuck Bentz of Bentz & amp; Associates.
They join John Robertson, director of institutional research at Kent State University Trumbull Campus; Nickolas D. Bellas, truancy officer for Warren schools; Timothy J. Thomas Sr., assistant Howland Township fire chief; Bette Daily, a businesswoman with government, nonprofit and for-profit experience; Charles L. Joseph, a real estate broker; and Atty. Rodger L. Dixon, Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority human resources director.
The committee will report back to commissioners with its thoughts and recommendations.

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