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Bellaire Receives $254K Grant for Storm Sewer Repair Project

The village has secured a $254,088 Ohio Public Works Small Governments grant for a large storm sewer project.

Work to get the grant was done by Councilmen Mike Doyle and Gay Lucci, Deputy Auditor Marla Krupka, Auditor Tom Sable and grant writer Phyllis Barnhart.

The total cost of the project is $343,362. The village is contributing $79,274 worth of in-kind money, which is the estimated contribution by city employees’ work on the project, and $10,000 in actual village funds.

Krupka said Monday the storm sewer is collapsing and is located in the alleyway between Belmont and Guernsey streets, behind businesses such as Dollar Tree, Gulla’s and 24/7 Pizza.

“When it is collapsing, it’s eroding everything underneath the street,” she said, adding some areas are covered with metal plates.

She noted this grant is important to the village.

“It was a problem and we didn’t have the village funds to fix it,” Krupka said.

The village already received notice it has been approved to receive the grant. The related paperwork will be finalized on July 1 at the auditor’s office.

The process was a competitive one: 92 communities initially submitted applications with 57 of those being approved.

The village’s project was ranked No. 15 on the list of those approved.

The design company on the project has been DDP & Associates of Columbus, Ohio. Krupka said she has been meeting with Barnhart and DDP officials to work on applying for additional grants for similar projects across the village, in addition to paving. Those applications are due in September.

On a side note, the village’s finance committee was slated to meet Monday but the session was canceled due to a lack of quorum.

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