The Washington County Commissioners decided Thursday on a list of projects to be funded with money from the Community Development Block Grant Program, including three in the village of Macksburg.
The county is receiving $160,000 in CDBG money this year, a little less than the $184,000 that was received last year. Additionally, the money will not be used for six projects as it has been in the past.
"We can only do four projects and ...we want to be able to spend all the money," said commissioner Cora Marshall.
The commissioners discussed the projects Thursday with Michelle Hyer, a development specialist with Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District.
The projects the commissioners would like to see funded include a culvert replacement project in Wesley Township, sidewalk improvements in the village of Beverly and pool lifts for pools in Lowell and New Matamoras.
The projects in Macksburg include the installation of handicapped accessible restrooms at the village hall, expansion of the basketball court at the park and fence installation at the park. The commissioners noted the Macksburg projects are being counted as one project.
Hyer said now that she knows which projects the commissioners want funded, she will check to make sure all the projects are eligible for the funding.
According to estimates, the projects will cost a total of $162,600. The commissioners pointed out at that it's possible that at least one project could come in at below the estimated cost.
"You can't do that ... it has to be $160,000," Hyer told the commissioners. "You can't base it on a possibility of something coming in lower. You can cut out a portion of a project but you'll have to talk to the community before you do that."
They agreed to approach officials in Wesley Township about reducing the amount of culverts to be replaced or about the township coming up with the extra $2,600 on its own.
Also on Thursday, the commissioners approved a letter to be sent to elected officials and department heads regarding House Bill 66, which goes into effect today.
"House Bill 66 was recently approved and it requires notification to all employees that there is means by which they can report suspected fraud or misuse of public funds and that is to contact the Ohio Auditor of State's office special investigations unit and they have a telephone number, they can notify them by mail or on their website," explained the commissioners' clerk, Rick Peoples.
Peoples said existing employees must be notified of the new system while people hired in the future should be notified of it and acknowledge in writing their awareness of it.
Each new employee has 30 days from start of employment to confirm that they received the information.