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15 Lake County infrastructure projects seek state grants, loans

August 5, 2014

By John Arthur Hutchison, The News-Herald, Willoughby, Ohio



Aug. 05--Fifteen projects in Lake County, whose organizers seek a combined $3,891,473 worth of grants and loans from the Ohio Public Works Commission, have cleared the first hurdle.

The projects approved Aug. 5 by Lake County's Local Integrating Committee involve a mix of sewer improvements, waterline replacements and road projects.

Lake County Chief Deputy Engineer Bruce Landeg said the 15 projects will be scored later this month during a meeting in Geauga County against projects from other counties in the OPWC's District 7, which consists of Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage counties.

Each integrating committee is comprised of representatives from all levels of government. The committee evaluates and scores applications using locally developed methodology based on the Ohio Revised Code.

The local committee consists of James R. Gills, county Commissioners Daniel P. Troy and Robert E. Aufuldish, Mentor City Manager Ken Filipiak, Mentor-on-the-Lake Administrator Kip Molenaar and Leroy Township Trustee Chuck Klco.

The historically popular program, commonly referred to as "Issue 2 funding," was first approved by Ohio voters in 1987 and has been reauthorized three times, most recently in the May 6 election.

The program is used to help fund a variety of infrastructure improvements across the state, such as roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, stormwater collection systems and solid waste disposal centers.

A cumulative score, or the project's priority ranking, is based on several categories, including district needs, effort and ability to help financing, generation of user fees, age and condition of infrastructure and readiness to proceed.

Committee members, by a majority vote, also can award discretionary points to a subdivision's score.

The committee sometimes awards these points if there is money left under the funding cap, or if a subdivision makes an extraordinary appeal for its project.

A project sponsored by the Lake County Utilities Department was awarded four discretionary points by the committee to become eligible.

Projects that will move on for further consideration are:

--Painesville: Lexington Avenue road improvements, total cost $683,400; $339,700 grant

--Painesville: Walnut Street reconstruction, total cost $502,400; grant $251,200

--Lake County Engineer's Office: Metcalf Road Bridge repair, total cost $140,200; $70,100 grant

--Fairport Harbor: High and Water streets roadway improvements, $50,000 total cost; $25,000 grant

--Waite Hill: Metcalf Road retaining wall, $190,600 total cost; $95,300 grant

--Eastlake: Willowick Drive intersection and slab replacement, total cost $506,700; $253,300 grant

--Mentor: Roosevelt Avenue culvert replacement, $129,000 total cost; $64,500 grant

--Wickliffe: Grand Boulevard water main and pavement improvements phase 2: $1,351,950 total cost; $249,998 grant

--Timberlake: Pavement improvements in the village, $786,150 total cost; $243,075 grant; $150,000 loan

--Lake County Stormwater Department: Hunting Lake Drive relief storm sewer replacement, $831,100 total cost; $349,900 grant

--Mentor: Route 306 resurfacing, $3,757,800 total cost; $149,900 grant

--Willoughby: Equalization basin repairs, $862,000 total cost; $281,000 grant; $150,000 loan

--Lake County Utilities Department: Glyco Forcemain sewer project, $2.5 million total cost; $349,000 grant

--Lake County Utilities Department: Maplegrove and Rockefeller waterline replacement: $941,000 total cost; $320,500 grant; $$150,000 loan

--Lake County Utilities Department: $4.35 million total cost; $399,000 loan

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