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Rep. Galonski announces over $3 million in funding to projects in District 35

February 16, 2022
Tavia Galonski News

COLUMBUS – Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including three projects that impact the Akron area.

The Controlling Board approved $530,000 to support the University of Akron’s Campus Safety Project through the installation of 150 surveillance cameras in parking lots and open areas on campus. This will be the second phase of the university’s three-phase plan to improve the safety and security of the campus for students, staff and visitors.

“As an Akron alum, I know that the University works very hard to keep students safe,” said Rep. Galonski. “With these additional funds, families can feel more confident that their loved ones will be safe when they join the University of Akron community in search of a quality education.”

Additionally, over $2.5 million has been approved to allow six Ohio state government entities to lease office space at the Oliver R. Ocasek building in downtown Akron. These funds will facilitate payment for the leases of the Civil Rights Commission, Department of Health, Department of Jobs and Family Services, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Industrial Commission and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

“I am pleased that these funds will go toward re-use of a building so familiar to anyone who spends time downtown,” said Rep. Galonski.

The Controlling Board has also approved $59,960 to support the ongoing replacement and new installation of an Ohio Department of Transportation highway maintenance site in Akron. The new outpost will improve operational snow and ice needs in Summit County.

“With the maintenance site, ODOT can continue the work we so appreciate when Northeast Ohio requires snow and ice removal,” said Rep. Galonski.

Additional approved items that impact the state as a whole include:

·        $3.8 million to utilize federal funds that were awarded to support manufacturing, small business, and export promotion in the state of Ohio;          

·         $1.4 million to amend contracts with various vendors in support of the Unemployment Insurance Operations;

·         $5 million to contract with Priority Dispatch for statewide library delivery service;

·         $750,000 to maximize use of Annual State Energy Program funding provided by U.S. Department of Energy.