Prairie Township Trustees gave their approval to allow the Ohio Public Works Commission to apply, on behalf of the township, for grant monies for two major road projects.

Prairie Township Trustees gave their approval to allow the Ohio Public Works Commission to apply, on behalf of the township, for grant monies for two major road projects.

The board approved two resolutions at its Aug. 27 meeting. The first was for a $1.1-million grant opportunity and a $624,000 no-interest loan for improvements to Gladys Road.

The second was for $3.7-million in grant monies and a $1.2-million no-interest loan for Phase II of the South Grener Avenue project.

Heather Bowden, representing OPWC, said Gladys Road will see rehabilitation and reconstruction of the roadway. Some of the improvements include new pavement, storm sewers, curb and gutter and sidewalks for the entire length of that street.

South Grener will sport an entirely new look when finished, she said.

"We will solve alignment issues and be installing a roundabout," she said.

South Grener will also receive repaving, installation of storm sewers, curb, gutter and sidewalks down to Stiles Avenue.

Applications for the grants are due Sept. 9. Township officials said they will know whether or not the township received the grant by the end of the year.

Last year the township was successful in procuring more than $1-million in improvements on South Grener Avenue from Sullivant Avenue to the pedestrian bridge.

Should the township receive the funding, residents can expect construction to begin in 2010.

In other business, the board will file paperwork with the county in order to get reimbursement for cleaning up and mowing properties within the township. The township assessed several property owners within a one-year time frame after those properties were declared a nuisance.

Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said there were 119 complaints filed with the township for high grass and weeds. Out of that number, 19 were assessed for a total of $9,975.

The township also had 132 complaints filed for trash and debris, Hatmaker said. Out of that number, seven properties were assessed for a total of $8,345.60 with one nuisance paid in full in the amount of $1,338.92.

The board of trustees also approved the allotment of $6,500 to accommodate the hiring of an assistant to the fiscal officer. The new part-timer will begin with a salary of $13 an hour and top out at $15.45.

The next board of trustees meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at township hall, 23 Maple Drive.

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