OMEGA OKs grant for Belleview work

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association approved a $12,500 community facilities grant for proposed renovation work at the Belleview Club House.

The grant was one of three community facilities grants approved for Jefferson County applicants by the organization Wednesday during a two-and-a-half hour executive board meeting at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.

The funding, according to Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci, who also serves as OMEGA board secretary, also will come from the Appalachia Regional Commission.

“The city had applied for $15,000 and was awarded $12,500 that requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the city. We are actually considering contributing an additional $25,000 for the project that will see the exterior and the interior of the clubhouse renovated. We will be looking at replacing the soffit and fascia, the gutters and painting the building,” Mucci explained.

“Our Maintenance and Repair Department Superintendent Bob Baird and the Recreation Director Mary Beth Sills will be preparing a list of projects at the clubhouse for consideration,” said Mucci.

“OMEGA originally received 13 funding requests from the 10-county region and approved funding for 10 projects. Three of those projects were from Jefferson County, including $8,250 for a roof replacement job at the Mount Pleasant village hall and $15,000 for a cardiac chest compressor for the Toronto Emergency Medical Services,” continued Mucci.

Mucci said the city has a $100,000 request for ARC funding in 2015 for a water line replacement project on Aberdeen, Bryden and East Carlton roads.

“We have not been funded yet but we are on the back-up list for 2015. The total cost of the water line project is $416,347,” noted Mucci.

During the OMEGA meeting, board members heard from Scott J. Ziance of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease of Columbus, who discussed economic development incentives, tax incentives, economic development financing mechanisms and the top 10 misconceptions of tax increment financing.

Mucci said hosting the OMEGA executive board meeting in Steubenville allowed the city show, “show off its assets” to our neighboring nine counties who belong to the organization.”

“OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local communities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking,” said Mucci.

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