COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) announced that the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of capital funds for various projects in the 2nd Ohio House District, which comprises all of Richland County.

According to documents from the Office of Budget and Management, details of the projects and funding are as follows:

• North Central Technical College Kehoe Center Infrastructure Renovation project: The board approved funding in the amount of $83,700.00 for the project, to be used for a roof replacement. Over the past six years, the legislature has approved nearly $2.5 million in capital funding for the roof replacement.
• North Central Technical College IT Data Infrastructure Upgrade project: The board approved an appropriation in the amount of $29,625.00 for the project, to be used for A/E design services, as well as for generation back up power and a controlled HVAC environment, which the college does not currently have. In this year’s capital budget, the legislature approved $326,246 for IT data upgrades at North Central Technical College.
• Village of Lexington Patriot Park Phase 3 Improvements: The board approved an appropriation in the amount of $4,442.516 for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Local Parks Projects Statewide NatureWorks grant program, with Richland’s Patriot Park receiving $58,726.00 for the construction of a pavilion and playground, as well as an asphalt walking path.

“Maintaining the Kehoe Center, which is a beautiful historic jewel on the North Central State College campus, is important for both the school and the community who frequently use this facility,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “Also, keeping the college at the forefront of technology advances is vital for any academic institution in this day and age. Finally, parks provide a safe place for children and families to gather and I’m happy to see the release of funds for the Patriot Park approved.”


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