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$240,000 Stimulus For Archbold

The Ohio Department of Transportation has allocated $240,000 in federal economic stimulus money to the repaving of South Defiance Street.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said last week Archbold officials had made several applications for stimulus funds, but the S. Defi ance St. project was the only one that qualified as a transportation project.

The village has applied for stimulus funds for several other infrastructure projects, ranging from a new elevated water tower to new equipment for the wastewater treatment plant. Grants for those projects have not been announced.

Howell said the money will be used to repave S. Defiance St., from the Norfolk Western railroad tracks to West Barre Road.

Howell said the design work has not been done. He hopes ODOT officials will allow the Archbold engineering department to do the design.

Timing of the project depends on when the village is scheduled to receive the funds. If the money is granted during the state’s 2010 fiscal year, the money could be available soon. The 2010 fiscal year started July 1, 2009 and ends June 30, 2010.

If the money is granted during the 2011 fiscal year, it would not be available until July 1, 2010.

“We could get at the project this fall,” Howell said.

Overall, information from the office of Ted Strickland, Ohio governor, states that $779 million in federal stimulus money will be spent in 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties, creating more than 21,000 jobs.

Noble County did not submit a transportation project application.

The Archbold repaving project was the only Fulton County transportation project.

Henry County will receive $400,000 to replace a county bridge. The city of Bryan will receive $500,000 to improve side slopes on St. Rts. 15 and 127.

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