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Baldridge Announces $1 Million Coming to Adams County

November 9, 2021
Brian Baldridge News

COLUMBUS –State Representative Brian Baldridge recently announced a $1 million grant coming to Adams County for water infrastructure projects.

“Safety is one of my top priorities as a legislator,” said Baldridge. “The funding coming to Adams County will largely go towards reducing health threats associated with waterline breaks, and increase the safety of over 2,000 of my constituents.”

Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) is a new, statewide initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and build a stronger foundation and infrastructure throughout Ohio. 

The grants are funded by the Ohio General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 168, which appropriated funding for water and sewer infrastructure improvements, unemployment insurance trust fund repayments and for local community COVID-19 relief through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Baldridge was a co-sponsor of the bill. 

“I’m proud to have worked on legislation that is not only improving the safety and quality of life for all Ohioans, but is also investing in our state’s future and growth,” said Baldridge. “I’m excited to see these grants continuing to go to our local communities, and I’m looking forward to watching the positive impact they will have.”

The $1 million coming to Adams County will replace 14,903 feet of waterline, install 28 fire hydrants and 60 new valves to isolate lines. Additionally, 660 feet of existing waterline on U.S. 52 will be relocated to avoid further waterline breaks.

Additionally in Baldridge’s district, the City of Ironton in Lawrence County will receive $167,000 for the planning and engineering design for a project that will separate a combined sewer system and benefit approximately 3,000 people.

The Ohio BUILDS program launched last week with the first round of grants totaling in approximately $250 million in local water infrastructure projects. The second round of grant programs included an additional $44 million in financial support for local projects, and a third round of funding is expected to be announced soon.