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Marble Cliff

Evaluation puts village roadwork at top of list


The village of Marble Cliff's application for Ohio Public Works Commission grant money for improvements on West Third Avenue will receive the highest score in the initial evaluation of projects in District 3, which includes all of Franklin County.

Village Engineer Louis McFarland reported the "very good news" at the Monday, Jan. 21, meeting of Village Council.

McFarland said he and Fiscal Officer Cindy McKay now will prepare a final application to submit next month to the commission. The village's application will be considered with other requests from around the state.

The village is seeking funds from the commission's small-government program, which provides grants and loans to villages and townships with populations that are less than 5,000.

Marble Cliff is looking to make sanitary and storm-sewer repairs, resurface the roadway and make sidewalks ADA-compliant on its section of Third Avenue.

The application is for a $284,000 grant, McFarland said. The village would contribute $100,000 to the project, making the project's total cost about $384,000.

The small-government program previously awarded the village a grant for a sewer-improvement project on Dublin Road, he said.

The grant awards for the latest round will be announced later this summer, but the village would not receive the funds until 2014, Mayor Kent Studebaker said.

Also at this week's meeting, council voted to re-elect David Roark as president.

Council also asked that a representative from Franklin County be invited to attend a future meeting to explain the reasons why the village is financially responsible for needed improvements to the control panel on the county emergency warning siren located at Our Lady of Victory Church.

The purchase of a new control panel is expected to cost about $5,200, McKay told council.

While council members are not necessarily bothered with having to foot the bill, they expressed curiosity as to why local municipalities have to pay the repair costs associated with a countywide warning system.