State budget includes $1.14M for projects

LISBON – Three projects in Columbiana County would be funded with a combined $1.14 million included in the state’s new capital spending budget, but the county grandstand is not among them.

Gov. John Kasich and the Republican legislators last week unveiled the new two-year capital spending budget which totals $2.39 billion. This is money used to fund local projects as well as public school and college construction projects, the Public Works Commission, state parks, state prisons and the Clean Ohio program.

The county’s share would be spent in the following manner:

– $223,850 to the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool.

-$500,000 to the Salem campus of Kent State University for expansion of the science lab.

-$420,00 to Kent State’s East Liverpool campus for classroom renovations.

The spending bill passed the Ohio House as proposed and now will go to the Senate, where committee meetings were scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

A host of other county projects had been submitted to the state for consideration, including:

-$450,000 to help pay for construction of the new grandstand at the county fairgrounds.

– $3.5 million for additional improvements to the county Port Authority’s industrial park in Wellsville.

– $734,171 to expand the MARCS radio system beyond where it currently exists, which is at the county sheriff’s office, highway patrol and in Knox Township, to all police and fire departments in the county lacking the service. This would provide a radio system for police and fire departments to communicate with each other and provide for a countywide siren warning system.

– $1 million to go toward hiring an engineering firm to come up with a new plan for turning Route 30 into a freeway from East Canton to state Route 11 in this county.