According to County Administrator Karen Sprague, the county recently received notification from the Ohio Department of Development about new stimulus funds that are being distributed regionally. She added that this program is similar to Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding.
The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) includes an established service area of Gallia, Jackson, Meigs and Vinton counties, which will in turn share the allotted $687,800 between participating agencies.
Woodland Centers has served as the fiscal agency for the Continuum of Care since 2004 and also includes offices in Jackson and Meigs counties, though the main office is located here in Gallia.
Entities that have received Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars are able to participate in this grant and include Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency, Jackson-Vinton Community Action Agency, Woodland Centers and Serenity House.
ODOD is requiring a letter recommending a suitable organization to administer the program along with a letter from each of the other three county boards of commissioners approving the recommended agency by May 29.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a sub-recipient agreement from Vinton County for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This is required by the Ohio Department of Development and marks the final item needed to begin the projects.
• Approved and signed a letter to USDA certifying that the county will be able to meet all the items listed in the closing instructions for the Kanauga/Addison Sewer Project, which is required for USDA to proceed permanent closing of the rural development loan.
• Adopted a resolution submitted by County Engineer Brett Boothe authorizing him to enter into agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding improvements to Jackson Pike, which the resolution stated “is a transportation activity eligible to receive federal/state funding.”
• Approved an agreement with Gallipolis regarding a water tap for the new EMS station at a cost of $400.
• Approved and signed several forms for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant application at the request of OSU Extension CD/FCS Educator Amy Corbin. Forms signed included the application; a letter maintaining prior experience with a revolving loan fund (RLF); a commitment of $9,500 in RLF funds and $15,500 in general funds; a certification of compliance with federal requirements and laws; and a conflict of interest statement.
According to the animal shelter report for the week ending on May 17, two dogs were adopted, two were reclaimed, eight were euthanized, and 29 dogs were rescued.