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OVRD commission gives support to local projects

The Ironton Gateway Ninth Street Project, a Rome Township sanitary sewer extension and the Solida Road interchange improvement have gotten the OK from the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.

At its caucus meeting on Thursday the commission is asking the Appalachian Regional Commission for $150,000 for the almost $10 million project to bring a Holiday Inn Express and Suites and a Frisch’s Big Boy to Ironton.

The OVRDC wants $240,000 for a $497,920 sanitary sewer expansion at a proposed senior housing complex across from Fairland East Elementary and a half-million dollars for interchange improvement at The Point industrial park.

Also at the meeting Lawrence County Engineer Doug Cade was named caucus chair and members appointed were the Lawrence County Commission, Coal Grove Mayor Larry McDaniel, 911 Director Lonnie Best, County Treasurer Stephen Burcham, Chesapeake attorney Brenda Neville, Lawrence Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Dr. Bill Dingus, Rick Griffith of McGinnis Inc., Ralph Kline of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization and Jewell Hackworth of the Workforce Development Resource Center.

The commission does the planning and economic development for 12 counties in southeast Ohio.