Poland Township Trustees passed a resolution that gives the go ahead to pursue funding in the Safe Routes to School Program. The application will be filed, but the exact amount of funding is uncertain at this time.
"The chances are better than average for the start of this project," said Township Administrator Jim Scharville.
He said the actual start to place sidewalks along Ohio 170 to the high school has been a project the trustees have hoped to accomplish for some time. Over a year ago, the township received a $25,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to perform a study. The grant completely paid for the study.
Scharville said results were given to MS Consultants and Gary Diorio was ready to submit an application for funding. Trustees approved the resolution at a special meeting on Feb. 24, that would get the ball rolling to obtain funds to start building sidewalks.
Scharville said at this point, it is unsure how much funding the township would receive.
"It may have to be done in phases," he said, "but as long as the state is willing to give a 100 percent grant, we'd be crazy not to take it."
He said the proposed project has a lot of local support citing the school district's cooperation and positive feedback from residents.
With the passed resolution, Diorio can finish the final application and submit it. Scharville said if the project from the village limits to the high school is not funded in its entirety, the trustees will continue to seek grant money each year until it is complete.