Ohio House Approves Area Improvements

Several area institutions have been included in the state capital budget passed by the Ohio House last week. State $2.62 billion is being invested statewide, including $20.5 million in funding for projects in Cuyahoga County.

The capital budget, House Bill 529, contains funding for needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The bill also increases investments in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Working with local government and community leaders in the Westshore community to understand and advocate for his district’s needs and priorities, projects for Ohio House District 16, encompassing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake, include:

  • $200,000 for the City of North Olmsted to construct a fault tolerant, redundant and diverse fiber ring to improve safety services
  • $200,000 for the Lily Weston House in Westlake for building renovations
  • $130,000 for the Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Villageto build a multi-purpose facility and connect a trail to the Metro Parks
  • $100,000 for the BAYarts Huntington Playhouse to assist with building upgrades
  • $100,000 for the Fairview Park Indoor Pool and Aquatics Center for a generator
  • $62,000 for the Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village to assist with structural repairs
  • $50,000 for the Frostville Museum in Olmsted Twshp.to build an 1840’s replica schoolhouse
  • $32,500 for the construction of the Bay Village Emergency Response Boat Storage Shelter
  • $15,000 for the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to replace the roof

Ensuring a commitment to Ohio’s students and preparing them for the workforce, the bill makes a statewide investment of $600 million in school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance, as well as $483 million for projects supporting Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

The bill also features $514 million to repair roads, bridges, water-supply systems and storm sewers. This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

The state continues to promote policies aimed at stemming the tide of addiction, and the capital budget works to help local communities in this effort. Nearly $222 million was invested for critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.

House Bill 529 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

For more information, visit www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.

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