2010-07-24 / News

Baltimore is a work in progress

By Scott Rawdon

BALTIMORE – Baltimore Village Administrator Marsha Hall said there are many community improvement projects under way within the village, many of which are funded at least partially through grants.

The Alt Park ODNR Grant Project is funded through a $25,000 grant with no matching funds necessary because some of the project is covered by donations and volunteer work. So far the village has received about a third of the grant, Hall said, which will fund an additional baseball diamond and a soccer field, as well as additional parking and fencing. “The split rail fence has been completed and the staff will get back to the parking lot expansion this fall,” said Hall.

Hall said paperwork is complete and submitted to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission for the Town Hall Grant Project, funded though a $50,000 grant with no local funding required because the property value is considered to be the match. “Once we receive the go-ahead, the project will be bid,” she said. The work includes chimney rehabilitation and brick tuckpointing.

The Safe Routes to School team – Liberty Union-Thurston Superintendent Paul Mathews, Baltimore Police Chief Michael Tussey, Liberty Union-Thurston School Board member Art Brate, and Hall – is finishing up an action plan based on ODOT’s engineering study of what’s necessary to improve pedestrian safety to the elementary school and the new middle school. “The village and the school will be submitting a funding application for part of this work this coming fall,” said Hall.

The Southeast Drainage Improvements Ohio Public Works Commission Project is nearly ready for bid, said Hall. The project is funded through a $117,168 grant, a $40,000 20-year no-interest loan, and $29,052 local match and loan the Christ United Methodist Church, the Faith Lutheran Church and Fairfield Homes are sharing. Hall said the survey and soil testing is complete, permits are obtained, engineering is 90 percent complete, and the village is working with Fairfield Homes, which is increasing the size of its retention basin as part of its local match. “I’m trying to work out some engineering issues with Fairfield Homes,” said Hall. “Once that’s done, the project will be ready to bid.”

Hall said an east water tank and waterline grant project, and a South Main Street waterline Community Development Block Grant project are complete.

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