NEWARK, Ohio–Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted made a stop in Licking County Wednesday to announce that the City of Newark and Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District will receive funding through the Ohio BUILDS water & wastewater infrastructure grant program.
The City of Newark was awarded $3,500,000 that will provide a waterline loop from the northeast corridor of the city to provide better fire protection flow within the commercial area on the east side and to provide for future development in that area. It will also create a connection point for the proposed Licking Valley Water District to serve the Village of Hanover and Marne.
The Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District will receive $4,175,000 to provide sanitary sewer to Pataskala Corporate Park to the northern portions of the Etna Township Corporate Park.
“I think it’s very important for the Governor (and) the Lt. Governor to go to every community in the state to talk about these kinds of grants, collaborate with local officials because when you do this is one of those foundational investments and so houses are going to get built, businesses are going to arrive, and people are going to get jobs and have careers and support their families because we were here today because you lay the foundation for all the good things that are going to happen in the future.” said Lt. Governor Husted.
Lt. Governor Husted was joined by Newark Mayor Jeff Hall, Rob Platte, Vice President, SW Licking Water Board, Alexis Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, GROW Licking County, and Rick Platt, CEO, Licking County Port Authority.
In total, the Ohio BUILDS Water Infrastructure program is awarding nearly $ 250 million to 83 projects impacting every county in Ohio.