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Lawmakers approve funds for upgrades to historic sites

By MARC KOVAC Dix Capital Correspondent Published: September 30, 2016 10:00 AM

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers signed off Monday on more than $5 million in upgrades and improvements to state historic sites and for storage space and online systems at the state historical society.

The Ohio History Connection will pay $3 million to purchase and install new compact shelving for its archives collection.

The group also is getting $925,000 toward its work to replace long-term exhibits and otherwise update infrastructure and facilities at its main Columbus campus.

Additionally, a total of $775,000 will be used to convert the Ohio History Connection's collections and other resources and make them accessible online.

Another $400,000 will be used to "evaluate, organize and prepare" collections into a new storage space.

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Elsewhere in Ohio, about $290,000 will be used to install steps and a ramp at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont to bring the facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Also, $50,000 will be used to buy a city lot to expand parking at the President Harding home and tomb historic site in Marion.

According to documents, "Currently, parking is in the back yard of the president's home and does not work for buses and other large vehicles."

And $170,000 will be used to purchase a 1.6-acre property to expand the Fort Ancient Earthworks site in Warren County.

According to documents, "The land is being purchased as part of a long term effort to preserve an essential feature of the 2,000 year old American Indian earthwork."

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In other business:

The Controlling Board released $500,000 in low-interest financing for Ohio Utilities Protection Service's new $3.3 million, 16,000-square-foot-plus facility in North Jackson in Mahoning County. With the incentive, the nonprofit is committing to creating nine jobs and retaining another 66.

Lawmakers released nearly $101,000 for scientific equipment and related furnishings for the new Research and Graduate Education Building at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine in Rootstown.

The Controlling Board released nearly $287,000 to upgrade lighting at the Ohio Department Transportation building in Ashland. According to documents, "The current lighting is at the end of its useful life, and is costly to maintain. It is estimated that this equipment will save $47,750 annually in electric utility and supplies costs. The project pays for itself out of savings in 4.9 years."

Shiffler Equipment Sales of Chardon is handling the project.

Lawmakers released $228,550 for the purchase of seismic equipment by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as part of the agency's work to monitor seismicity activity.

The Controlling Board OK'd an additional $10,000 to deal with rodent issues at a state prison in Pickaway County.

All-Gone Termite and Pest Control Inc. of Hamilton, which "currently provides routine pest control services," also is conducting "exterior mice control," according to documents.

The company is providing "bi-monthly outside burrow service and exterior trap setting and monitoring to address the increasing population of mice."


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