$12 million secured for projects including Lake County Free Clinic, Chagrin floodplain restoration, Congressman Dave Joyce reports

Published in The News-Herald July 18

By CHAD FELTON | cfelton@news-herald.com | The News-Herald

PUBLISHED: July 18, 2022 at 6:25 p.m. | UPDATED: July 18, 2022 at 6:26 p.m.

Congressman Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, has announced that he has successfully secured funds for local projects across Northeast Ohio for the fiscal year 2023 funding bills recently advanced by the House Appropriations Committee.

Federal legislators and President Joe Biden will be aiming to approve a new federal budget by Oct. 1, when the 2023 fiscal year begins.

Funding included in the bills for the local projects is allocated within respective agency program accounts and does not raise the overall spending level of the bill.

According to a news release, the projects, along with the amount of federal funding in the drafted bills, include:

Lake County

• Lake County Free Clinic: $100,000 – Funding will provide for the purchase of upgraded medical equipment, improved technology and telecommunications systems, and expansion services in a new facility. Local studies indicate one in 11 Northeast Ohioans are underserved for their health care needs, including more than 40,000 people in the clinic’s service area

• State Route 84 resurfacing: $849,000 – Funding to support the resurfacing of Bishop/Ridge Road (State Route 84) through the city limits. The project would begin at the Interstate 90 entrance/exit ramp at Bishop Road and continue northeasterly to the Willoughby Corporation line near State Route 91

• Kirtland Old Town Sewer Project: $820,890 – Funding will replace failing septic systems that are leaching high levels of E. coli into local storm drainage. The project consists of decommissioning 132 septic systems connected to each affected property

Geauga County

• Auburn Road Resurfacing: $1,200,000 – Encompassing 4.20 miles from Chardon Road (U.S. Route 6) to Colburn Road (Lake/Geauga county line). The project will consist of constructing surface and subsurface repairs, curbing, drainage inlet and guardrail improvements, and surface milling and resurfacing of the entire roadway

• Washington Street Resurfacing: $ 1 million – Encompassing 3.5 miles from Chillicothe Road (state Route 306) to Bainbridge Road. The project will include curbing, drainage inlet and guardrail improvements, and surface milling and resurfacing of the entire roadway

• Chagrin Floodplain Restoration and Protection Project: $2,323,000 – Preservation encompassing 185 acres along the Chagrin River affected by streambank erosion and nutrient inputs, contributing to sediment build-up threatening the river’s aquatic life and threatening the stability of state Route 84

• Geauga County Services Center Water System Upgrade: $520,000 – Will provide a 50,000-gallon backup water storage tank and upgrade ancillary water pumps and piping. Project essential to meet the demands of the new Geauga County Administration Building and other county offices/facilities

Cuyahoga County

• I-77 / Miller Road Interchange: $5 million – “Completion” project currently only provides southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp; will improve access and safety

Additionally, the release stated that Joyce secured $200,000 to support the Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation in efforts to cover the cost of 16 training events across the state.

“As a member (of the House Appropriations Committee), I take seriously the responsibility to not only scrutinize federal spending but also to direct it where it’s needed back home,” he added. “I was proud to submit these important funding requests on behalf of our Northeast Ohio community and will continue working to ensure they are included in the final legislative package that is passed by Congress and signed into law.”

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