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County looks at trail grants
Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 06:14 PM
News Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON — The county is working on two letters of interest for submission to the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding trail projects.

ODOT will receive one letter of interest regarding a grant in the amount of $155,500 for use in the acquisition of the CSX corridor between Mount Vernon and Fredericktown for use as a trail under the railbanking program. The county will not own the land, but rather be holding it for possible future use again by the railroad under the railbanking program. If CSX would decide in the future to reopen a rail line in the corridor, it would have to pay the county fair market value to get the corridor back “out of the bank,” so to speak.

The other letter of interest will be for grant money to develop the Heart of Ohio Trail, and specifically for grant money to work on the bridges which are on the trail corridor — not including the two bridges on the western portion of the trail which cross U.S. 36/Ohio 3.

The letters of interest must be submitted to ODOT by Feb. 1, and ODOT will use them to do an initial evaluation of whether or not the projects have a chance of being approved for a grant. If ODOT decides a project is possibly worthy of a grant, the county must then submit an actual, detailed grant application in March.

The $155,500 request is based on the appraisal of the CSX corridor done for the Knox County Commissioners by an ODOT-approved appraiser. CSX initially had said the property was appraised at $700,000, but Commissioner Bob Wise indicated recently received correspondence from CSX had lowered their request to $425,000 for the property. The commissioners decided to go with the $155,500 in their letter of interest because that figure was determined by an ODOT-approved appraiser.

Roger Hubbell, contracted by the commissioners as a grant writer, will prepare the letters for review and signature by the commissioners on Jan. 24.

As for other Heart of Ohio Trail development, Hubbell will look into possible Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant possibilities.

“We want to ease into it slowly,” Commissioner Allen Stockberger said regarding development of the Heart of Ohio Trail. “We don’t have the resources to do it like the Kokosing Gap Trail was done.”

Consequently, the development will be done in phases. Clearing and minor grading by volunteers is one of the early options. The commissioners were considering two areas of the trail for the first efforts — the portion between Thayer Road and the Liberty/Milford Township line just west of Mount Liberty, and the portion from Centerburg east to Updike Road. According to Stockberger, the Heart of Ohio Trail Board volunteers have already worked on clearing the portion from Centerburg to Ohio 3.

In other business Thursday:

•Jim Gibson, director, Knox County Historical Society Museum, provided his annual summary report of the activities of the Knox County Historical Society to the commissioners, and requested a $25,000 grant from the county for 2005 to sustain society and museum activities. The commissioners had provided a grant of $17,500 in 2004.

The commissioners voted to advance half of that amount to the historical society at this time, and requested Gibson come back in July for a follow-up on his request.

“We are tremendously worried about the state getting its budget done and what is going to happen come July 1st with the local government funds,” Commissioner Tom McLarnan said. “We will know by the time you come back whether we can just give $5,000 more to match last year’s grant, or if we can go closer to the $12,500 needed to meet your full request.”

•The commissioners met with Emily Marth, Knox County Safety and Loss Control, to discuss establishing some type of incentive program for the Knox County employees who participate in the county’s health insurance program to begin a wellness program to improve their fitness and overall health. Although details, such as establishing standards and monitoring procedures, have yet to be worked out, the commissioners are considering beginning a program on or about March 1 which would give participating employees a $30 per month rebate of their health insurance premium.

•The commissioners held the first of two public hearings on revisions to Appendices a, b, c, and d to the Knox County Subdivision Regulations. The appendices are: a — Flood Plain Criteria; b — Knox County Ohio Flood Damage Prevention Resolution; c — Knox County Storm Water & Sediment Control Regulations; and d — Sediment & Erosion Control & Storm Water Management Schedule of Fees.

According to Richard Stallard and Randy Pore, Knox County Regional Planning Commission, the revisions to the appendices are corrections of typographical and other errors, and of a reorganizational nature to make them more readable and understandable.

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