The Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (ODSA, OCD) notified the City this week that we were awarded $300,000 for our Critical Infrastructure project. ODSA received seventy-four (74) Community Development Program Competitive Set-Aside applications this year. Funding requests for the Competitive Set-Asides, which include Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization, and Critical Infrastructure projects, totaled $19,982,200. ODSA was able to fund thirty-five (35) top ranking proposals.
The $300,000 CDBG Critical Infrastructure Program Grant along with the City’s PY 2015 CDBG Community Development Allocation of $75,000 will be used to install 1256 new water meters in the Southview Neighborhood. All residential and commercial properties within these boundaries will have their existing water meter replaced with new meters that utilize Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology to remotely read customer meters and relay the data to the City’s Billing Office.
The Southview Neighborhood was selected because they were the only area in the City that is over 51% low and moderate income according to the 2010 US Census making them eligible for the CDBG funding.
The City anticipates installing the new meters next year in late spring. All work must be completed by August 31, 2017.