A few years ago, ODOT decided to make this Grant available to Townships, with those Townships with the most deadly and/or serious record of accidents receiving the traffic grants first.
This grant program provides up to $50,000 per township in safety sign materials (signs, posts and hardware) for townships which have been determined to:
- Have a greater than average crash rating across their entire township based on their township’s crash history over the previous five years and
- Not previously received funding under this grant program
Northfield Center was invited to apply in the Year 2017 funding cycle.
The Grant had a maximum level of $50,000 and had the unusual feature of not requiring any matching funds.
Additionally, if the full amount of grant money was not needed, the Trustees exercised another unique aspect of the grant – the Village of Boston Heights was allowed to “piggyback” on our grant – as long as the total amount didn’t exceed $50,000.
Both Rick Youel, the Northfield Center Service Director/Road Superintendent, and Charles T. Pickering, former Northfield Center Road Superintendent and who presently holds the same position in Boston Heights, spent hours driving their respective roads to determine the signs to be replaced as well as additional signs to be added.
The Grant does not apply to County and State roads.
Northfield Center’s share of the sign grant is $19,625.54 (332 signs), and Boston Heights will receive 205 signs ($13,664.47) for a total of 537 signs.
This Grant, written by Service Director/Road Superintendent Rick Youel will take care of our sign needs for years to come.
Please contact the Town Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a detailed accounting of the signs received via the Grant.