Amelia working on block grant

Todd Hart
By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Amelia council members are moving forward with an application for a Community Development Block Grant that could provide restrooms at Spencer Shank Park in the village.

Council members discussed whether or not to proceed with the grant, and what would be involved in applying for the grant during their March 11 meeting.

“We’d have to do our income surveys to apply,” zoning administrator Dani Speigel said about the the process. “I’d have to have them by the end of the month.”

Speigel said council members could split up the surveys and ask members of the community to fill them out. She said the village would need about 400 completed surveys for the application.

“The surveys are good for five years,” Speigel said.

Amelia Mayor Todd Hart said they have discussed applying for the CDBG grant for restrooms at Spencer Shank Park.

Hart said Bruce Brandstetter, with Brandstetter Carroll, an architecture and engineering firm, is interested in helping the village with the grant application if council would like to move forward.

Brandstetter came to a recent council meeting to talk with council members about his services and how he can help them with grant applications and other projects.

“He does the work, and if we get the grant he would like to be considered to be the engineer for the project,” Hart said.

Hart said there is not a charge for the services unless the village decides to hire the company to complete the project.

Councilwoman Katie Krafka said she said she is in favor of completing the surveys and applying for many grants to make improvements in the village.

“There are a lot of opportunities,” Krafka said about grants.

Council members approved using Brandstetter Carroll to assist them with the CDBG grant.

Hart said council members will be out in the community working on getting residents to complete the surveys in the coming weeks.

Hart said there are only a couple of questions residents have to answer for the survey, including how many individuals are in a household and their income range.