Barnesville receives part of $7 million stimulus money

Barnesville is on a list of priority projects released by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that will be receiving funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for drinking water and pollution control projects. Over $215 million was made available to Ohio through the federal government, and the 30th District has received over $7 million for various projects.

The village of Barnesville will receive money for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

Village Administrator Roger Deal said the village scored 28 out of tens of thousands of applicants .

"We're pretty pleased," Deal said. "News comes as wonderful surprise."

He said the EPA is offering $1.2 million in grant money and another $1.2 million in a possible zero to no interest loan, for a total of $2.4 million.

"I am very excited about getting this grant," Barnesville Mayor Thomas Michelli said. " It will cut the amount of money we have to borrow in half."

"I was always positive we would get something," Deal said. "I spent weeks preparing the paperwork. I submitted a total of nine applications."

Deal said he felt the EPA knew which villages needed the money. He said the money would be enough to fund the $3. million wastewater project, however, he will still apply for more grants to reduce or eliminate the need for a loan. Deal said the village has already received $449,000 from an Ohio Public Works grant and $200,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The village has also requested $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money.

"This is great news for Eastern Ohio," said Senator Charlie Wilson. "Over 24,000 proposals have been submitted to the State for consideration for stimulus money. The fact that these projects are receiving funding shows that our local leaders did an excellent job of assembling proposals and showing State leaders how this money is really going to benefit our area."

The following is a list of other projects from the 30th District receiving funding:

·Columbiana County for the Glenmoor/LaCroft sanitary sewers project

·City of East Palestine ( Columbiana County ) for phosphorous reductions at a wastewater treatment plant

·Village of Lisbon ( Columbiana County ) for the combined sewer separation of Lincoln Avenue, North Market Street and East Lincoln Way

·City of Toronto ( Jefferson County ) for a combined sewer separation project

· Harrison County Water and Sewer District for the Cadiz Village wastewater plant

"These are all very worthy projects," continued Senator Wilson. "I am especially interested in the $2.9 million going to Harrison County . This will help construct a facility that is going to bring us one step closer to seeing Harrison Ethanol become a reality, and that will certainly benefit our region with job creation."

Senator Jason Wilson represents Ohio 's 30th Senate District, which includes Columbiana, Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison and parts of Tuscarawas counties.