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Port Clinton biggest small city grant winner

Alex Green • Jun 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Almost $2.5 million in Ohio Department of Transportation grant money was awarded to the city of Port Clinton Wednesday, said ODOT spokeswoman Theresa Pollick.

The city will receive $2.34 million from ODOT's Small Cities Grant Program to be used for improving Port Clinton's downtown area.

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone was unavailable for comment Wednesday, though he said months ago that ODOT's small cities grant program was imperative to the downtown revitalization efforts.

Greg Poggemeyer, of the Poggemeyer Design Group which will implement the city's plans, described the potential project as a face-lift for the city during a March presentation.

Among the investments to be made thanks to the funding: improving and widening sidewalks, clearly marking crosswalks and landscaping certain city areas.

The enhancements will take place throughout downtown between Perry and Third streets, with a special focus on Madison Street, the Poggemeyer Design Group said in March.

A total of about $8 million was awarded to Port Clinton, Athens, Norwalk, Columbiana and Clyde, according to ODOT records.

"(City leaders) were very happy and rightfully so," Pollick said.

Port Clinton was the program's biggest winner, collecting about $340,000 more than Athens and Norwalk. Both of those municipalities received about $2 million each.

Clyde was awarded just under $400,000.

The program provides money to cities with populations between 5,000 and 25,0000, Pollick said.

City leaders will determine how that money is spent, although there are some restrictions.

The money can be used for any road, safety or signal project. The money can't be used for purposes other than infrastructure.

Fifty-eight small cities qualified under the program's criteria.

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