Richland County commissioners

Richland County commissioners Tony Vero, Marilyn John and Darrell Banks expressed concerns Tuesday about the increased costs born by the county to help operate Mansfield Municipal Court. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners Tuesday approved a plan to apply for $288,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds -- with $100,000 earmarked for a new roof at the Dayspring Assisted Living Center.

CDBG dollars are federal funds administered by the state and must be used to benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The grant application covers program years 2019 and 2020.

Dayspring, which serves as the county home for 61 low- or moderate-income residents, includes 226 acres at 3220 Olivesburg Road in the northern section of the county.

Dayspring is the county's only publicly funded assisted living facility, gaining voter approval in 2018 on the renewal of a five-year, 0.08 mil renewal levy.

Jotika Shetty, of the Richland County Regional Planning Commission, presented the allocation plan to commissioners. She said replacing the nearly 100-year-old slate roof at Dayspring is "an expensive and required project."

Other funds in the application approved to send to Columbus are:

-- $70,400 for RCT to cover reduced bus fare for disabled and elderly passengers.

-- $50,000 for emergency home repair for roughly five single-family homes, perhaps those damaged by the recent tornado, if they qualify for the program.

-- $10,000 to the Independent Living Center for about 50 instances of one-time utility payment assistance to low- and moderate-income households that qualify and rent/mortgage assistance for 25 eligible households.

The remaining $57,600 will be used for Fair Housing education and grant administrative costs.

Shetty said the county plans to file its application on or about June 14.

In other activity Tuesday, commissioners:

-- Approved a price increase for rubbish removal for Rumpke Waste & Recycling. The business had requested an increase that constitutes about $22.40 per month for areas covered by the general fund and $65.20 per month for the total county. The company requested the increase due to the recently enacted state gas tax hike.

-- Approved the contract for a school resource officer with the Madison Local School District for the 2019-2020 school year. The county sheriff's department has had a deputy in the district since January.

-- Set a 2020 tax budget hearing for June 20 at 10:30 a.m.

-- Certified monthly delinquent sewer bills  for about 900 county residents, totaling about $486,323.

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