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
Click on the link above for an application
2016 planned road construction around the Mt. Sterling area.
The village has been awarded $300,000 through a Neighborhood Revitalization grant under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the project.
Basketball court and baseball diamonds will be improved as part of the project. The park will also receive benches, grills, a bike rack and trash cans.
Jay-Car Construction, of Mount Sterling, submitted the only bid for the project at $247,489.
Through it’s own match to the grants, the village will install dugouts and batting cages at the park. A separate $10,421 Natureworks grant, funded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, was also awarded to the village for its proposed walking path in Mason Park.
In another bid opening, two companies submitted quotes for playground equipment, which will be shared between Mason Park and Merri-Mac Park in London.
Mason Park will receive the bulk of the equipment: rocking toys for small children and a large “jungle gym” for older children. Merri-Mac will receive a bench and rocking toys, said Whitaker Wright, consultant with Community Development Consultants of Ohio, who facilitates grant applications in the county.
Playworld Midstates, of New Albany, submitted a quote of $37,582. David Williams and Associates, of Harrison, submitted a quote of $34,808. Estimate for the project was $37,000.
Wright said he and the county engineer will review the quotes and bids, respectively. Commissioners will make an award during a future meeting.
Village Council Meeting 01-09-2017
Drainage tile is being put into the ground at Mason Park
For the first time in 17 years, Mount Sterling has changed its discharge limits for chemicals in industrial water runoff.
Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night that allows for more lenient standards for some pollutants heading from local manufacturers into the village’s treatment facility, but stricter for others. The previous standards were put into law in 1989.
Village Administrator John Martin said he was approached in July by Keihin Thermal, a Mount Sterling manufacturing company, to look into changing the village’s local limits for discharge.
The company pre-processes its discharge before it heads into the sewer for further treatment by the village. It found that its levels for certain chemicals were coming out higher than the local limits, increasing costs for the company.
“Their hope was to control costs and avoid being inundated with constant treatment,” said Martin. “They’re a good employer that provides a lot of good jobs for the village and have been a great partner in the past. We wanted to help them out in any way, so I contacted the Ohio EPA for guidance.”
The EPA helped Martin calculate the new standards by taking into account the treatment plant’s ability to treat water.
“First of all, we look at the capacity of a local water treatment facility to see what their ability is to treat the waste water,” said James Lee, a spokesperson for the Ohio EPA. “You then have to see what these local industries’ byproducts are, to see what contaminants they’re sending in.”
By taking into account these factors, the environmental regulator plugs in numbers to a formula that determines what the village can handle. The EPA found some vastly different numbers but also just some minor tweaks.
The two metals that will have more lenient standards are chromium and zinc. These two elements were what was troubling Keihin in particular, who were only able to treat the discharge down to about seven milligrams per liter for chromium and about 0.8 milligrams per liter for zinc.
The village’s local limits for chromium will jump from 1 milligram per liter to 8.73 milligrams per liter, while zinc will go from 0.5 milligrams per liter to 1.56 milligrams per liter.
“Everything is down to concentration,” said Lee. “These are common contaminants the vast majority of local systems are equipped to manage.”
However, other particularly hazardous pollutants will have even stricter standards.
A compound called hexavalent chromium, which is known to cause lung or intestinal cancer, is now only allowed to be in discharge at a rate of 0.13 milligrams per liter. Previously this was at a rate of milligrams per liter.
Lead and mercury are also tolerated slightly less than before.
Interestingly, the village did not have any provisions for cyanide previously. It will now be allowed in discharge at a rate of 0.25 milligrams per liter.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.
Mt. Sterling analyzes, adjusts water contaminant limits
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