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County reviews grant letter
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 07:44 AM

News Staff Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Trails and issues with the chair lift in the Knox County Memorial Building occupied the Knox County Board of Commissioners on Monday.

The commissioners met with grant writer Roger Hubbell to review the Letter of Interest he prepared for submission to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The letter was in regard to a Transportation Enhancement Grant to do bridge repair work on the 17 bridges located on two segments of the Heart of Ohio Trail. The trail segments run 6.15 miles from Thayer Road west to Bishop Road, and 3.69 miles from U.S. 36 east of Centerburg to U.S. 36 west of Centerburg. The estimated cost of the work is $251,500, of which 80 percent, or $201,200, would be the amount of the federal money received through the grant.

The Letter of Interest must be submitted to ODOT by Feb. 1. ODOT will review it to determine if the project meets eligibility requirements for a grant and will inform the county of its decision by mid-February. If it meets eligibility, the full grant application must be completed and submitted to ODOT by March 1, according to Hubbell. A decision on whether or not the grant application is approved would likely not come until about September.

Hubbell reviewed the status of the grant application he is preparing for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant to cover the costs of clearing and developing the Heart of Ohio Trail, excluding the bridge work. COTF grants cover 75 percent of the project costs — in this case $529,203 of the estimated $705,604 cost. Of the $176,401 difference, Hubbell estimated $37,275 would be covered in-kind by volunteer labor and the like. This grant application must be submitted by March 1.

The other trail-related meeting was requested by Alan Cassell, a property owner who has voiced opposition to the county’s acquisition of the CSX Railroad right of way between Mount Vernon and Fredericktown and its development into the proposed Owl Creek Trail. He presented the commissioners with the following written request:

“I would like to request being notified of all meetings concerning the proposed Owl Creek Trail from Mt. Vernon to Fredericktown. A copy of all paper work concerning this project is also requested. This would include all grant and funding applications as soon as they are completed.”

He requested the commissioners sign a statement acknowledging their receipt of his written request. They did so.

Cassell then asked Commissioner Tom McLarnan if he still held the position that the bike path needs to go under Ohio 13 at Cassell’s crossing to be safe enough for him [McLarnan] to approve it. McLarnan said he did. Cassell then asked McLarnan if he had talked with ODOT yet about boring under Ohio 13; McLarnan said he had not.

“Then why are you even pursuing this if that is not possible?” Cassell asked. “I have talked to ODOT about it.”

When asked if he cared to share what he’d learned from ODOT, Cassell said, “I’m not going to do your homework for you, Tom.”

Cassell said this would be the last meeting he would request with the commissioners on the subject per the advice of his attorney.

Sadie Hunter, executive director, and Joellen Hunt, advocacy director, People First of Ohio, met with the commissioners to discuss a problem their organization had in the Memorial Building on Oct. 11.

The battery-powered chairlift installed in the building to assist with handicapped access was not working properly that day. The system in the building will only transport a person up and down one flight of steps twice before the battery runs down, and this group had several people requiring the use of the system. Once the battery runs down, it reportedly takes 24 hours to recharge it.

The commissioners said they will look into upgrading the system or taking some other action to alleviate the problem.

Hunter explained People First of Ohio is made up of self-advocates working together as a team to change their world. The organization receives federal funds from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and state funds from the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

According to Hunter, beginning soon due to budget problems, the county MR/DD boards are going to become more responsible for programs formerly the responsibility of the state MR/DD. The two said that with the transfer of responsibilities, there was going to be a need for more training for MR/DD staff, advocates and their family members, and service providers.

Hunter said another issue they wanted to bring before the Knox County Board of MR/DD is the need to revise the paperwork involved in the appeal process.

“The current paperwork for appeals is not in ‘People First’ language,” Hunter said. “An advocate can’t understand it the way it is now.”

The commissioners thanked Hunter and Hunt for their proactive attitudes and actions, and indicated the board’s willingness to help in any way possible. Commissioner Allen Stockberger noted it was “refreshing” to deal with someone who was taking proactive steps to deal with the results of funding cuts, as opposed to many who “just throw up their hands and cry and complain.”

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