The CHIP program is designed to assist low and moderate income residents with means to make home repairs. The County CHIP program is offering:
-Home repair assistance: Funds are available to assist homeowners residing in London and in the County, outside of the city of London, to repair one or two major deficiencies to their owner-occupied single-family homes. CHIP home repair assistance is a grant.
-Private Owner Rehabilitation: Funds are available to help homeowners residing in London and in the County to bring their homes up to code. CHIP Home Rehabilitation assistance is deferred, 100% forgivable five-year loan.
Interested households should contact Emma Hall, Case worker, Madison County CHIP office to obtain additional information. The CHIP program telephone number is 937-728-8978
Mount Sterling is receiving more grant dollars towards improvement projects, after some adjustments made by the Madison County Commissioners.
After a public hearing Monday morning, $58,000 of Community Development Block Grant money will be moved from the fairgrounds to the village of Mount Sterling for its own projects already partially covered by the grant.
The original plan was to use the money to install new bathrooms at the grounds, with the goal of not only renovating them significantly but making them more compliant with regulations from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
However, according to Whittaker Wright, a consultant for the county, the project was found to be more expensive than the initial estimated.
“Unfortunately, the restroom project when we got into the formal development of it came in nearly triple the original cost estimates,” he said. “Essentially the restroom is in considerably worse condition than we had originally thought.”
Looking at additional regulations, such as prevailing wage requirements while using grant money, it would be cheaper to complete the project at a later date with the county’s own money.
Now the money will be added to the money allocated to the village in 2015 for various improvements at Mason Park, including the installation of three pieces of playground equipment and a basketball court, as well as batting cages and dugouts at the ball fields. It will now total about $69,600 for that project alone.
Other grant funds were contributed to the village for other projects, such as repairing Clevenger Road.
“Mount Sterling has gone out of its way to meet its financial commitments,” said Wright. “They had committed $283,500 to the entire neighborhood projects and to date their actual financial commitment is $396,000.”
Commissioner David Dhume noted that the county acknowledged the hard work the village had put in, in spite of recent deficits caused by thefts by former village official Joe Johnson, who is currently in prison.
The extra funding is extremely helpful for the village according to John Martin, the village’s administrator.
“We’re very happy to take [that grant], it helps us a great deal,” he said. “Obviously our situation down there is a little dicey at the moment so this is quite a help to our situation.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.
Village workers began installing new street name signs on August 14th, 2017. The new signs are reflective and much larger than the old signs of the past. The new street sign project should be completed in the next couple of weeks. Pictured is Village employee
Dennis Case finishing up installing New St and Chestnut St signs.
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