2013-05-04 / News

Decision due on revised grant application

By Charles Prince

HEBRON - Village officials should know by this Friday if the changes council members recently made to their application for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to resurface Kelley and Westview drives was enough to get a second-chance grant.

The approximately $500,000 project was ranked 43rd last fall for Ohio Public Works Commission funding in District 17. But there was only enough money to fund the top 41 projects.

Village Administrator Ralph Wise told council members that the village qualified for second chance funding via the Small Government Program. He warned that competition would be tough with only $18 million available statewide.

After Wise detailed how applications are scored, council members unanimously agreed to request $349,000 rather than the original request for $362,000 in assistance. In addition, $110,000 of the $349,000 would now be in the form of a 20- year, no interest loan. Wise believed the two changes should add seven points to their score, significantly improving their chances to be funded. He told council members April 10 that their project had been scored nine points higher, significantly increasing its chances for funding.

At the April 10 council meeting, Mayor Clifford L. Mason presented a key to the village to members of the Hebron Historical Society. “I was more than impressed,” he said of their new museum which opened April 6.

“You need to take a look,” Mason told council members. “It is very impressive.” He added that not everything is on display so exhibits will change.

Council members decided not to object to the transfer of a D-5 liquor permit from Creative Catering to Hometown Deli. “It’s just a change of physical address,” Mason explained.

In his report, Wise said Christina Furbee of Newark would be replacing Linda Nicodemus as administrative assistant. Nicodemus recently was appointed to the vacant community development coordinator job.

At their April 25 meeting, council members heard the first reading of a resolution that would allow the village, on a case-by-case basis, to consider an income tax sharing agreement with a prospective company.

Wise reported that the Licking County Planning Commission wants Hebron to consider expanding their Community Development Block Grant application to replace the undersized Sixth Street culvert to include the cost of extending the sidewalk on the west side of Sixth Street to down to either North or Main streets.

He also reported that paving to complete the Canal Road culvert replacement project from last year would likely be done by late last week. ODOT District 5 told Hebron that Canal Road would continue to be closed under the I-70 bridge until May 30. The bridge is being replaced.

Council members also scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, to consider the Board of Planning and Zoning’s recommendation that zoning be amended to permit operation of an auto sales business without a new car dealership. The Board’s recommendation included two conditions:

• The property at 131 W. Main St. be paved within 24 months; and

• That the amendment applies only to this specific property.

Council’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Hebron Municipal Complex.

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