Roberta Acosta, pictured on the right, is assisting the Village of Ada with their application for a Community Development Block Grant. (Ada Herald/Ashley Lehman)
Roberta Acosta, pictured on the right, is assisting the Village of Ada with their application for a Community Development Block Grant. (Ada Herald/Ashley Lehman)

ADA - Roberta Acosta, Senior Rural Development Specialist for the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program, gave a short presentation during the Ada Community Improvement Corporation meeting held Wednesday. Acosta has been assisting the Village of Ada with the application process for a Community Development Block Grant for possible additional funding of the Waste Water Treatment Project.

Acosta went through some of the guidelines for the grant program, two of which, including the need of improvement for public health and safety, are met by the Ada project. The grant would provide a possible $500,000 for the new plant, and is a one-to-one match to funding by the village. Other avenues of funding are already in the works, however, the $500,000 would go to offset some of the estimated $10 million total cost for the project.

According to Acosta, there is plenty of money still available in the program for communities that apply by the end of the 2013 state fiscal year in July. Ada has received money from the grant program in the past to fund various projects and stands a good chance of receiving a CDBG grant once again.

A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., at the Depot. More details of the project itself will be given during that meeting. Acosta hopes to have the application completed and submitted by May 1.