SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Springfield Township and Gallia County officials are asking residents to complete a series of income surveys being sent to residences to aid in grant application processes.
According to Springfield Township Fiscal Officer Pam Riley, the surveys are being sent out with the official approval of Springfield Township elected officials. Surveys are meant to research the income levels of residents in the area to assist in applying for grants that would pull money from state or federal government entities to provide infrastructure funds to the township, as well as potentially providing funds for the firefighting department.
“This isn’t about the elected officials,” Riley said. “This is about a community coming together so we can better take care of it. We need everybody’s help when they get a survey so we can use that information to apply for money to our area.”
Riley said that information gathered from the surveys would be kept anonymous.
Riley said township officials are seeking to replace road signs in the area and estimates costs could potentially measure upwards of $8,000. New laws have changed the specifications for how sign placement is governed along township-controlled roads. Riley said that if money could be saved on signs, other money could be put towards paving and maintaining other roads in the township.
According to County Administrator Karen Sprague, eligible Ohio communities receive money every year from the state’s Community Development Allocation Funding Program. Sometimes that may be the only source of funding a township or municipality may have over the course of a year to improve infrastructure projects like roads. Need is determined based upon a formula that once used previous U.S. Census records to determine need. Because of the changes in how income is measured, half of Gallia County townships had been considered ineligible to receive assistance in 2014. Sprague said that survey data is now utilized to determine the needs of areas and emphasized the importance of residents taking their time to help get federal and state grant funding by filling out such surveys.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.