By ERIC SCHAADT
ARCADIA — Unwilling to assume a larger share of a financial burden to obtain state funds, Arcadia Council recently decided against applying for money to repave a portion of North Main Street.
Council had considered seeking funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission to “mill and fill” a section of North Main Street running from East Brown Road to East South Street.
The project would cost an estimated $207,000, according to village officials.
Milling the existing pavement would have been done before the roadway would have been repaved.
However, Arcadia did not qualify for an 80 percent/20 percent funding arrangement, and council was uneasy about other options from the same state agency that would require the village to pay more.
The cost to Village Council — a combination of a state low-interest loan and Arcadia’s up-front share — had been estimated at $168,400.
During a recent special council session, a resolution to apply for the grant died when the motion to vote on the issue was not seconded.
Arcadia officials, meanwhile, are awaiting word this month on whether the village will receive a separate Neighborhood Revitalization grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency to improve portions of the village.
North Main Street repaving also was included in that revitalization grant, along with sidewalk and village park improvements.
About $500,000 is available through that grant.
Had Arcadia received the public works grant for the Main Street work, revitalization grant funds for that project would have been spent elsewhere.
Village Clerk Teresa Margraf said the village still can pursue other public works grants in 2017 for projects in 2018.
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