Mt. Sterling ‘all in’ for CDBG grant

While the approval of Mount Sterling’s grant application for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds is not a lock, there is a good chance the grant will be favorably considered.

The village is willing to put up matching funds at more than 100 percent of the grant application — something that is favorable, according to Whitaker Wright, a CDBG consultant for Madison County commissioners.

Mount Sterling is applying for CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization funds in the amount of $300,000, Wright said during the hearing at the commissioners office on Monday.

To that amount, the village is willing to match the above amount with $324,800 in local funds.

“The village contribution helps very much,” Wright said.

It is a competitive grant with no guarantee it will be approved.

Projects under consideration for the CDBG funds include:

• $79,300 to install a walking trail in Mason Park

• $85,800 to install a basketball court at Mason Park

• $20,400 to install playground equipment in Mason Park

• $84,500 to extend John Street and install a new entrance to the Mt. Sterling Community Center

• $30,000 for program administration.

To that amount, the village will contribute $324,800 in local funds for the following projects:

• $65,000 to install dugouts at the ball fields in Mason Park

• $27,300 to install batting cages in Mason Park

• $99,000 to install a veterans memorial in the village square

• $92,200 to repave Clevenger Street

• $41,300 to demolish four vacant deteriorated structures

Those projects meet the national objective for low-to-moderate-income (LMI) area benefit.

Wright said the county/village should know by September if the application will be approved.

In the CDBG allocation program, Madison County is eligible to apply for up to $110,000 in fiscal year 2015 CDBG allocation program funds. All work proposed for the grant will be carried out between Sept. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016. Projects under consideration include the following:

• $58,000 to install ADA-compliant bathrooms at the Madison County Fairgrounds

• $5,800 to purchase playground equipment for London’s Merri Mac Park

• $11,600 to purchase playground equipment for Mount Sterling

• $7,600 to purchase street signs (151) for Mount Sterling. Current signs are dated and need to be replaced.

• $5,000 in CDBG funds to complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing

• $22,000 for program administration and the standard fair housing program

Wright said the county should know by August if the allocation is approved.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.