Licking County intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for funding under the Community Development Allocation Grant (also known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)), a federally funded program administered by the state. The County is eligible for $432,000 in funding, provided the County meets the applicable program requirements. The County can use up to $10,000 in Licking County Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds for projects, if needed. On March 21st and 23rd, 2017, Licking County conducted its first public hearings to inform citizens about the CDBG program, how it may be used, what activities are eligible, and other important program requirements. Based on citizen and local officials’ assessment of the County’s needs, Licking County is proposing to undertake the following CDBG activities for Fiscal Year 2017, which must be completed by August 31, 2019:
For the Community Development Block Grant Allocation (CDBG), the following projects meet the National Objective of benefiting low- to- moderate income (LMI) residents in an LMI area.
7. Fair Housing and Administration $ 86,400
CDBG Total $432,000
Alternate Project 1: County Wide Owner Home Repair (LMI Direct Benefit) for low-to-moderate income residents at a cost of $30,000, if funds are available.
Alternate Project 2: Buckeye Lake Storm Drainage Improvements, which will meet the National Objective of Area Benefit for low-moderate income residents at a cost of approximately $58,700, if funds are available.
Alternate Project 3: Hartford WWTP Generator Installation, which will meet the National Objective of Area Benefit for low-moderate income residents at a cost of approximately $47,000, if funds are available.
A second public hearing will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. 4th Floor and Office of the Licking County Commissioners, Donald D. Hill Administration Building, 20 S. Second Street, Newark, Ohio to give citizens an adequate opportunity to review and comment on the County’s proposed CDBG application, including the proposed activities summarized above, before the County submits its application to the Ohio Development Services Agency on July 14, 2017. Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting on July 11, 2017 to express their views and comments, and to ask questions concerning the County’s proposed CDBG application.