Commissioners announce programs

By Wayne Allen -

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners announced their participation in a couple of programs aimed at bringing funding and resources to Scioto County. The commissioners recently announced the release of $134,400 to fund various projects through its Community Development Block Grant Allocation Program (CDBG).

Late last week, the commissioners announced a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and it’s Home Repair 504 Grant and Loan Program.

The partnership between the commissioners and USDA Rural Development started when the county CHIP program was not funded.

Mike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said in a released statement about the partnership, “this program is great in that we will not only be able to help secure these grants and loans through USDA for the citizens of Scioto County, but what we will do with USDA will be in addition to any future CHIP funding further expanding our ability to help more low-income citizens who are homeowners to get much needed assistance.”

According to, “the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.”

Participants in the Home Repair 504 Grant and loan program can receive a maximum loan of $20,000 and a maximum grant of $7,500. Loans and grants can be combined for a maximum value of $27,500. The loans can be repaid over 20 years at one percent interest.

Approval of a grant or loan depends on a number of factors including fund availability.

“USDA has been a great partner with so many programs and this is just another great example of cooperation between Scioto County and USDA,” Scioto County Commissioner Cathy Coleman said in a released statement.

The commissioners also recently announced $134,000 in projects through it’s CDBG program. The projects are throughout the county and aim to enhance features already in use by many in the community.

The CDBG funds will be used to fund the Village of Otway Gymnasium Renovation Project, Morgan Township Community Complex Improvements Shawnee State University Golden Bears Holistic Health Care Program and a road project in Union Township.

The Village of Otway will be receiving $40,000 for gymnasium renovation project. According to the project description provided by the commissioners will, “consist of a revitalization of the existing school gymnasium. The project consists of replacement of deteriorated window lintels, repair of deteriorated masonry block in the stage area, replacement of antiquated 3-phase electrical system and installation of heating in the gym.”

Denise Rose, mayor of Otway, in an interview with the Daily Times said this project means the world to the village.

“We’re trying to get that gym going so we can rent it out and we’re trying to get another grant to tear the front of the building down. We want to save the gym, so it will be the community center,” Rose said.

She said once the project is complete there’s a possibility of increased revenue for the villager.

Rose said the village has identified someone to do the work, but they are trying to get all of the paperwork completed with the state before the work can be done.

The project in Union Township road project will result in the resurfacing Spradlin Road and is estimated to cost $43,500. According to the project description provided by the commissioners, “Spradlin Road has severe decaying of the current blacktop. Resurfacing this road will help eliminate a health and safety issue.”

Morgan Township received $25,900 which will allow for the removal of tile in a gymnasium and replaced with commercial tile and marking it for basketball use. Shawnee State University received $25,000 for its Golden Bears Holistic Health Care Project. Funding allows for older residents to get involved with others and do volunteer work, social events and physical activity. Participants also have free access to workout facilities at Shawnee State for free.

Anyone interested in these programs can contact the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development by visiting, information can also be obtained by stopping by the Scioto County Commissioner’s office.

By Wayne Allen

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter.