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$2M in bonds approved for road improvements

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to issue $2 million in bonds for road improvements. The commissioners also voted to support senior housing projects in Sheridan and Rome Township.

The board agreed to issue $2 million in bonds for five years for a number of road repair projects and slip repairs the county has been dealing with in the past several years.

Two years ago, the board issued $3 million in bonds to help repair dozens of slips and landslides following heavy rains, said County Engineer Doug Cade. The new bond issue will pay off $1 million of the bonds which come due in the next few days, Cade said.

"We have one more project left to do," Cade said. That project is to repair a slip along County Road 123 (Chesapeake-Symmes Creek Road, also called Dogtown Road) near County Road 32. "We're getting ready to put the project out for bid. The work could take about 90 days." The project could cost about $350,000.

The county is getting reimbursed from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a number of slip repairs, Cade said. It could take about 18 months to get reimbursed for the work, he said.

Meanwhile, the county has approved a $297,000 bid from the Alan Stone Construction Co. of Cutler, Ohio, to repair a slip along County Road 32 in the Chesapeake area, Cade said. "The work will take about 60 days, depending on the weather," he said. The road has been closed since last Aug. 27. Cade was able to secure a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to fund that project.

In other action, the board approved resolutions of support for senior housing projects in Rome Township and in the Sheridan and South Point area, said Commissioner Les Boggs.

"The residents of Rome Township have been underserved when it comes to assisted living/senior living and senior services," Boggs said. The project could open up future development if it gets funded, Boggs said.

The project calls for some $7 million in tax credits for a 44-unit senior housing complex adjacent to Fairland East Elementary School, said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Agency. It is the second time the county has supported funding for the project, Kline said. A similar bid was unsuccessful last year.

The other project calls for $7 to $8 million in tax credits to remodel 60 one- and two-bedroom units of elderly housing in the Sheridan area, Kline said. The commissioners approved a resolution of support for the Lawrence Manor project and the project in Rome Township.

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