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More CARES Act funds coming to county

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners adopted a resolution Wednesday to accept an additional $3.6 million in federal Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money to continue to help deal with expenses related to COVID-19.

They also approved some more spending of CARES money, totaling almost $55,000.

The county received a total of over $7.3 million, representing the third round of CARES funding, with half going to the commissioners and the rest distributed among the cities, villages and townships. As far as the spending, the commissioners used the money toward technology, a hand sanitizer station, insulation and electric work in the EMA building and thermal screen systems.

In other business, commissioner Mike Halleck continued to encourage small businesses that have suffered due to the virus to apply for the county Small Business Relief Grant Program up to $10,000. To fund the program, commissioners are using $250,000 of the about $5.8 million worth of total funds received under the CARES Act.

Commissioner Tim Weigle reported that the outside construction of the EMA building is finished, which completes phase one of the project. Phase two will be the next step, which is the insulation of the inside of the building. The final phase will be the implementation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the building.

“We do it in three phases because we get expedited quicker,” Weigle said. “If we did it all in one big project, it was going to take us a lot longer. And we wanted to get this finished so we can store our personal protective equipment before the end of the year.”

Commissioners also approved a proclamation that declares October to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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