Rep. Manning Announces Introduction Of Bill To Fund Community Improvement Projects
SB 310 invests in Ohio's communities, encourages economic development

State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced that a bill to fund community improvement projects was introduced in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 310, also known as the capital budget bill, invests a total of nearly $2.6 billion in funding across Ohio for priorities like infrastructure, workforce development and the arts. The most significant portion of the funding goes toward supporting repairs and renovations at primary and secondary education facilities through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

A significant part of the funding goes toward higher education needs, such as for facility maintenance and learning programs.

The capital budget’s investments are consistent with the legislature’s commitment of fiscal responsibility and a stronger, more competitive economic climate.  Manning stated that, “It was great working with leaders across Lorain County to help fund these important projects which will continue to strengthen our community.” 

The bill includes the following projects in the 55th House District:

• $375,000 for the Pioneer Plaza Project in Elyria, Ohio
• $150,000 for improvements to the Veteran’s Park Retaining Wall in Avon Lake, Ohio 
• $175,000 for a kitchen renovation of the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County
• $75,000 for the Folger House in Avon Lake, Ohio
• $1,000,000 for the Mills Creek Conservation and Flood Control Project in North Ridgeville, Ohio

Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said of the Veteran’s Park Project, “We’re very excited and pleased that State Representative Manning worked to help Avon Lake make improvements to the lake front.  The reconstruction of the creek walls will make it a better situation for the residents to have better access to the lake and enjoy our greatest asset.”

President of Heritage-Avon Lake, and Board Member of the Folger House, Gerry Vogel, expressed gratitude that “this money will make a lasting difference for the life of this community.  The building projects are based on funds that have been acquired over the course of several years and this will help complete the projects already underway.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County is slated to receive $175,000 to finish the construction of a catering kitchen at its Oakwood Community Center.  “These funds will be invaluable to fulfilling the missions of our Food Program, Teen Program and the Oakwood Community Center,” says Mike Conibear, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County’s Executive Director.  “Our Food Program prevents childhood hunger by serving hot, nutritious meals to low-income children throughout the year, while our Teen Program aspires to prepare teens for post-secondary school success, and the Oakwood Community Center aims to serve the needs of all South Lorain residents and become and economic driver in the region.”

Mayor David Gillock of North Ridgeville remarked that “We certainly appreciate the assistance of Rep. Manning in obtaining funding that will allow the City to continue to address flooding issues in North Ridgeville.  These funds will allow us to move forward with improvements that will benefit many of our residents that have had to contend with storm water issues for many years. It is greatly appreciated.”

While speaking about the Pioneer Ridge project, Mayor Holly Brinda said that “We’re very appreciative of the support.  This funding will help jumpstart the revitalization project which is all part of a larger, long-term plan for Downtown Elyria.”

The capital budget is the product of close collaboration between Governor John Kasich, state agencies, presidents of Ohio’s colleges and universities, local leaders, legislative members and leaders, members of the economic development community, and others within Ohio’s communities.

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