A $65,400 Clinton County Legacy Fund grant awarded to the Village of Blanchester is going toward replacing the roof on the Blanchester Municipal Building.
Blanchester Vice Mayor and Councilman Reilly R. Hopkins said this is an essential project, and will help the village to invest more money into the municipal building so that it’s a safe and efficient structure for conducting municipal business for the town’s residents.
The Blanchester Municipal Building serves many purposes to the community, noted Hopkins, including being the main emergency shelter in the town.
“To me, applying for this grant was a no-brainer as it helps to ensure the health and protection of our citizens and that is what’s most important to me. When I began the process of applying for this grant, I knew it would be a large task but with the support of our mayor, council and our wonderful employees, nothing could stand in our way,” he said.
All sections of the municipal building roof are expected to be replaced by the end of September. As of Aug. 21, the roof was about 80 percent completed. All of the Legacy Fund grant dollars received by Blanchester will be spent on the roof project.
“I’d like to say thank you to the Clinton County Commissioners and the Legacy Fund Committee for their support and attentiveness to our community,” said Hopkins.
The Village of Blanchester is one of nine recipients in the first cycle of grants awarded by the Legacy Fund Committee. Among those recipients, the Village of Blanchester was awarded the largest amount of grant funds.
The Legacy Fund consists of money the county obtained from selling county-owned Clinton Memorial Hospital.