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06-28-03: Commissioners give grants to Coldwater, Mendon, townships
The Daily Standard
    Mercer County Commissioners this week handed down final decisions on how $122,000 in Community Development Block Grant money will be distributed.
    Commissioners agreed to fund projects in the villages of Mendon and Coldwater and in Center, Butler and Marion townships. County officials had to choose from among more than $481,000 in funding requests throughout the county. Many projects were passed over because they failed to meet the low- to moderate-income guidelines of the grant program.
    Local governments that will receive CDBG funding this year include:      - Mendon will get at least $35,000 as the first installment of a promised $50,000 in assistance over two years. The town plans to combine the money with a $300,000 distressed community grant Mendon already received. The village also will seek additional funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The grant money will be used to reconstruct the south half of Main Street. Mendon could get all of its money this year if another project on the list falls through.
    - Coldwater will get $20,000 to help fund a $25,950 project to improve a portion of Sixth Street.
    - Center Township will get $20,000 to help fund a $45,000 project to replace a bridge on Bogart Road east of Rice Road. The bridge was built in 1908.
    - Butler Township was tentatively approved to receive $15,000 to help fund a $20,150 project to improve Tangeman Road in the area where the pavement was torn up for the Philothea sewer project a couple of years ago. Officials still are trying to determine if residents in the project area meet the program's income guidelines.
    - Marion Township will get $23,000 to help fund a $68,355 project to install handicapped accessible restrooms in the township park.
    The remaining balance of $9,000 will be used for administration costs and to maintain a fair housing program required by the grant.
    Commissioners also talked about providing future help to the village of Montezuma. That town is seeking a distressed community grant like the one Mendon was recently approved for. Commissioners said they could possibly use a portion of next year's CDBG allocation to offset some of the village's costs in preparing the grant application.


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