Mt. Sterling news: Road closures, development, events, and grant money

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(Posted Aug. 16, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The village of Mount Sterling will throw its hat in the ring for state and federal grant money.

On Aug. 9, village council gave Courtney Bricker, village clerk, approval to apply for two grants, both of which fall under Ohio House Bill 168 and relate to COVID-19 relief. Both are competitive grant programs which means application does not guarantee funding.

American Rescue Act funds can be used toward the following: public health expenses, negative economic impacts due to public health, loss of public sector revenues, premium pay for essential workers, or investment in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. The application is due Sept. 4. The amount of money available is not known at this time, Bricker said. If Mount Sterling is approved for funding, council will decide how the funding is used.

House Bill 168 also includes grant funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The state funding will be distributing through the Madison County commissioners’ office. Municipalities must submit their project proposals to county Engineer Bryan Dhume by Aug. 23. The county will prioritize the top 10 projects for submission to the state on Aug. 27. Mount Sterling plans to submit an application for a new water tower, Bricker said.

Miscellaneous
Road closure and bridge opening. Bricker reported that starting Aug. 23, State Route 56 near Moorman Road will be closed for two weeks for a culvert replacement. She also noted that the bridge on U.S. Route 62 will open on Sept. 11, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Development. Drake reported that members of the planning and zoning committee are excited about potential development coming to Mount Sterling.

“Anyone who comes to (the planning and zoning) meeting is excited about the possibility of getting both light commercial and residential development here and growing the village,” Drake said. “So, we’re doing everything we can possibly do to say that we’re open for business.”

A couple of residential developers have expressed interest but have not announced firm plans.

Events. The village will show “Tom & Jerry” at its next movie night at dusk Aug. 28 at Mason Park. Those who attend are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and food. Additionally, concessions will be available for purchase.

There’s a chance the village will schedule one more movie night to make up for one cancelled earlier in the summer. Otherwise, the Aug. 28 event will be the last for 2021.

The village’s third flea market of the year is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 5 at the park.

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