OHIO PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION (OPWC)
The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) was created initially in 1987 to administer the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) which was soon joined by the Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP). SCIP is a grant/loan program for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment, storm water collection, and solid waste disposal. LTIP is a grant program for roads and bridges only. These programs, which run concurrently, are solicited, scored and selected by the 19 District Integrating Committees according to each district’s schedule. The RCRPC serves as the liaison for District 16. In this role we are the main resource for management of the 8-county district and a point of communication between the District membership and the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC).The OPWC, District 16, is comprised of Ashland, Crawford, Hardin, Marion, Richland, Seneca, Wayne and Wyandot . Program information, program year schedule, application material and guidelines, project status information for the infrastructure program is available at https://www.pwc.ohio.gov/Programs/Infrastructure-Programs/Infrastructure-Application
Small Government Program
Of the annual SCIP allocation, $15 million is set aside for the Small Government Program established for villages and townships with populations in the unincorporated areas of less than 5,000 in population. This is a “second chance” for selected village and township projects that have not been funded through the Districts. For more information https://www.pwc.ohio.gov/Programs/Infrastructure-Programs/Small-Government
Green Space Conservation Program
In 2000, the OPWC became responsible for the administration of the Clean Ohio Conservation Green Space Program in which applications are solicited, scored, and selected by the 19 Natural Resource Assistance Councils (NRACs). The program is dedicated to environmental conservation including acquisition of green space and the protection and enhancement of river and stream corridors. Grant recipients agree to maintain the properties in perpetuity so that they can be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come. The purpose of the District 16 NRAC shall be the evaluation and selection of projects for funding from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund in the eight counties comprising District 16. Program information, program year schedule, application material and guidelines, project status information for the infrastructure program is available at https://www.pwc.ohio.gov/Programs/Clean-Ohio-Application
Natural Resource Assistance Councils (NRAC)
Natural Resource Assistance Councils are required to be organized under Section 164.21 (A) of the Ohio Revised Code have the following responsibilities:
A natural resources assistance council shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and other officers that the council considers appropriate." O.R.C. 164.21 (B)
A council may adopt bylaws governing its operation, including bylaws that establish the frequency of regular meetings and any necessary procedures." O.R.C. 164.21 (B)
A natural resources assistance council shall establish a prioritization and selection methodology system for applications submitted under section 164.23 of the Revised Code. The methodology shall be submitted to and approved by the director of the Ohio public works commission." O.R.C. 164.24 (B)
Natural resources assistance councils shall review and approve or disapprove applications in accordance with sections 164.20 to 164.27 of the Revised Code for grants for projects..."defined in section 164.22 (A) and 164.22 (B) of the Revised Code.
Natural resources assistance councils shall forward approved projects to the Ohio Public Works Commission for final approval.
The Clean Ohio Fund was first approved by voters in 2000, and was renewed in 2008. The fund is to preserve natural areas and farmland, protect streams, create outdoor recreation opportunities, and rehabilitate brownfields in urban areas. As part of the administration of the Clean Ohio Fund, each Ohio district has a committee (NRAC) to make local decisions about funding to that district. NRAC membership is a voluntary position without compensation.
The Richland County NRAC, District 16, is comprised of Ashland, Crawford, Hardin, Marion, Richland, Seneca, Wayne and Wyandot Counties. The purpose of the District 16 NRAC shall be the evaluation and selection of projects for funding from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund in the eight counties comprising District 16.