By Marc Kovac
The State Controlling Board OK’d $61,000 for equipment to help clean up soil contamination at a former Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Portage County.
The Rootstown site is slated to become part of the Northeastern Ohio Medical University, but the state must first deal with petroleum products that were dumped in the past.
The lawmaker panel Monday approved ODOT’s purchase of a “feedback optimized continuous-injection system” from a Texas-based company to help with that effort.
According to documents, “It is important for ODOT to purchase the [injection system] as soon as possible in order to begin work on the Portage County garage site to complete the sale of this property to NEOMED.
“This sale is an economic growth opportunity for the surrounding area and will create jobs and opportunities for the community. The approval of this Controlling Board request will prevent ODOT from having to rent the equipment to perform this work, which would result in much higher costs and significant time delays,” the documents say.
In other business, lawmakers released $200,000 for the second phase on an environmental cleanup at a Trump Avenue site on the northeast side of Canton. The funds will be used for soil borings, monitoring wells and other activities
According to documents, the site “is part of an industrial corridor that stretches from Canton to Louisville and Alliance ... The site is serviced by industrial grade utilities, and the owners continue to market the site for industrial uses. Potential future uses include steel making support, oil and gas suppliers and support businesses, trucking companies, heavy manufacturing and warehousing.”
The board also signed off on Third Frontier funding for two high-tech projects at Kent State University.
A total of $50,000 will be used to develop “electro- optic switches based on liquid crystals,” according to documents.
Another $46,527 will be used by KSU to develop “printed electronics” using specialty inks.