COLUMBUS —Passage of the state’s Capital Budget bill includes nearly $5.2 million for various projects in southeastern Ohio.
Gallia County projects will get nearly $1.35 million of that piece of the pie.
State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, and state Sen. Bob Peterson, R-Sabina, applauded the passage of Senate Bill 310 — the state’s capital budget bill — which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and the 93rd House District.
The capital budget focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools and economic development within Ohio’s communities. It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.
Specifically, Senate Bill 310 invests in the following projects that were requested by Smith and Peterson on behalf of the residents of the district:
- $500,000 for the Bidwell/Ohio State University livestock processing facility.
- $300,000 for construction of a burn building for an area fire training center in Wellston.
- $200,000 for Ohio University Proctorville recreational renovations.
- $400,000 for land acquisition for the Rio Grande Community College McArthur Center.
- $150,000 to provide upgrades to the Gallipolis City Park.
- $1.67 million for future development of the Rio Grande Community College Jackson Center.
- $1 million for construction of a wellness facility, including three pools, in South Point.
- $200,000 for general repairs to the Ariel Theatre in Gallipolis.
- $300,000 to upgrade the Chesapeake Community Building.
- $100,000 for restoration of the Oak Hill Liberty Theatre.
- $100,000 to create a new, full-service health station in Gallipolis.
- $250,000 to study the reindustrialization of the U.S. Department of Energy PORTS facility, whose primary labor market includes Jackson County.
“There are exciting projects developing in the 93rd District and I am pleased that several of those projects were included in this bill,” Smith said. “These projects will provide educational opportunities, increase recreational access, and encourage economic development. I am thankful for the efforts of folks locally that began the drive to get these projects started and I expect that these funds will help us cross the goal line.”
“I am proud to have worked with local leaders to get these projects funded in the Capital Bill,” Peterson said. “Our district will benefit from these projects for years to come. I look forward to seeing their completion and use by the public.”