Residents give support to distress grant program

The state would administer the program.
McKINLEY HEIGHTS -- The fifth and final public hearing on a proposed competitive grant for a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant under a Community Distress Grant Program drew about 20 McKinley Heights residents of Weathersfield Township on Wednesday.
The meeting, held at the McKinley Heights Fire Station, was run by the Trumbull County Planning Commission, but Weathersfield Township trustees also attended.
Residents showed support for the proposed project and also obtained information about it and another proposed county project, a $2.7 million Phase II installation of sewer lines to involve both sides of Robbins Avenue and Gardenland Avenue. Other meetings will be held on that project, township administrator David Pugh said, and the county is seeking not only federal CDBG money but funds from the Department of Agriculture for the sewer lines.
Phase I of the sewer project was competed four or five years ago, also in Weathersfield Township on Robbins Avenue from the city limits to McMenamy's. The distress grant will include the required low-to-moderate income residential streets of: Harmon, Garfield, Bellwood and Ridgewood avenues and U.S. Route 422 (North Youngstown-Warren Road) on the west.
Future improvements
If funding is approved, the Ohio Department of Development will administer the project.
Planned are:
U Street improvements, $73,000
U Storm drainage facilities, $58,000
U Fire hydrant installation, $62,000
U Clearance activities, $17,000, to include razing two condemned buildings, the former Scandals nightclub on Highway 422 and a large garage attached to the remains of a house on Brightwood Avenue. Engineering for the project is expected to cost $60,000 and administration will cost $30,000.
The county will present its grant application within two weeks, officials said.

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