By Marc Kovac
The state Controlling Board has approved funding for $369,000 in renovations at Melnick Hall at Youngstown State University.
The project will include the relocation of the Rose Melnick Medical Museum, a display of “common and unique medical items from the past 75 years,” according to documents. The renovations will accommodate the expansion of YSU’s health and human services programs. Strollo Architects of Youngstown is handling the design services.
The Controlling Board also released $504,450 for a roof replacement at the Youngstown Developmental Center in Mineral Ridge.
Also approved were a variety of park projects.
They included $40,228 for a playground, shelter, ball field and other improvements in Mesopotamia Township in Trumbull County and $35,932, for a pavilion and fencing at Craig Beach State Park in Mahoning County.
The grants are part of the state’s NatureWorks Program, which was created by voters 20 years ago. Funding is doled out to counties on a per capita basis.
Local governments from 72 counties submitted grant requests totaling $4.2 million during the most recent round, with 93 projects totaling nearly $2 million selected for funding, according to documents.
Other NatureWorks grants approved Monday included:
$8,785 for a new playground at Roosevelt Park in Campbell.
$6,218 for roof, gutters, lighting and washroom improvements at the Brick Pavilion in East Palestine.
$10,279 to replace playground equipment at Wick Park in Leetonia.
$3,169 for improvements to baseball and football fields at New Waterford’s Field of Dreams.