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Funds will boost village

On Thursday, the village of Coal Grove hosted a special meeting of council in which they discussed infrastructure projects.

The centerpiece of the discussion was the fact that the village is now on the draft list to receive a $1,956,625 grant and a $1,956,625 loan for 30 years to replace all water lines within the village limits.

Judging by reaction we have received since reporting this story, this is very welcome news to village residents.

Council members said one of the complaints they most often hear from residents is concerns of dirty water, caused by aging lines and pipes.

In order to finance the $4 million project, the village will have to come up with a means to pay for the loan, which covers approximately half.

Council member Andy Holmes said residents he has spoken to have said they would be willing to support an increase in water fees. Coal grove’s rates are comparatively low as of now.

When considering ways to fund this project, it can not be understated how important such an infrastructure investment is, whether in attracting new businesses or strengthening firefighting efforts.

We commend the council, Coal Grove engineer Kevin Wood, funding coordinator Rochelle Laipply and all involved in securing these funds.

They are much needed and could pave the way to a brighter future for the village of Coal Grove.