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County receives additional recovery money

July 3, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C. Columbiana County will receive over a half-million dollars of funding for equipment and technology and some $200,000 in grants and loans for a community library as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6) announced on Thursday the release of funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Agriculture that will give the county $537,500 worth of tools and machinery. The total is more than half of the total set for Ohio's Sixth District, which totals $1,090,986. The state will receive over $9 million in Federal Aviation Authority and Federal Transit Authority funds.

"I am very pleased to announce the release of these Recovery funds for Ohio's Sixth District," Wilson said. "This money will create jobs, increase the efficiency of public transportation and reduce general travel expenses for working families across Ohio. The funding represents a continued commitment by the Obama administration to protecting the livelihoods and security of Ohio's families."

The City of Athens, Monroe County and Scioto County also received technology updates.

In Columbiana County, the funds will go towards the procurement of a variety of communication devices. According to Wilson, the county will receive radio repeater and control station equipment, mobile and portable radios and GPS software.

Funds going towards six light transit vehicles, a garage renovation and capitalized maintenance will also go towards the county.

Additional funds will also be directed towards the county as the village of Leetonia will see a $174,000 loans and a $30,000 grant for equipment at the library.

Leetonia was one of eight communities that were awarded the funds by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will assist in upgrades of rural services and infrastructure like the Leetonia Community Library.

"It's critical that we invest in rural communities," U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. "The economic downturn has hit all corners of Ohio and we need to provide targeted, federal relief to get our communities back on track."

Overall, the Sixth District will see $337,000 in loans and grants as the Village of Empire and Yorkville will also see funding, which is part of the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities Program. Empire will receive a $33,000 grant for a street department truck while Yorkville will obtain a $50,000 loan and a matching grant for a garbage truck.

Wilson also saw the benefits that the library equipment and transportation vehicles can have in rural populations.

"These funds are going to ensure that essential community facilities in rural Ohio are fully functioning," the Congressman said. "This is an excellent investment of our recovery money."



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