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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Montgomery County municipalities, schools, nonprofits and businesses with projects in mind that promote recycling and litter prevention can apply for local grant money to help put those ideas into action.
The Montgomery County Solid Waste District is now accepting applications for two 2018 recycling incentive programs providing a total $400,000 in available funding.
“It benefits the community as a whole if we reduce the amount we rely on the landfill and reuse materials for a better purpose,” said John Woodman, who administers the programs for the county. “We try to encourage and support as many projects as we can. They are all over the county and come in many shapes and sizes.”
The 2018 Recycling Incentive Grant Program for municipalities, schools and nonprofits has a total pool of $250,000, while the Business Recycling Incentive Grant funds total $150,000.
The result of some previous grants can be found in the form of recycling receptacles at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton International Airport and Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2nd Street Public Market. A grant helped Kettering install four solar compacting trash bins a couple years ago.
Interested applicants must attend a Feb. 6 meeting. Grant recipients will be announced in May.
About $4 million has been awarded in jurisdictional grants over the past couple of decades. The newer program for businesses has distributed nearly $500,000 over the past five years, Woodman said.
“We do put significant resources out there,” Woodman said. “We feel like it is having an impact and helping stimulate waste reduction and recycling activities in the community.”
The grants open to all Montgomery County municipalities, schools and select nonprofit organizations will be awarded to projects focused on the following five areas: recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, composting opportunities and end-use markets of recycled materials. An endorsement letter is required for schools and nonprofits from their local jurisdiction.
The business grant funds are available on a competitive basis to all Montgomery County businesses. The business grant funding is split: $120,000 to fund capital equipment purchases and $30,000 for new recycling service contracts.
Business grant funding can be used for any of the following projects:
- Capital equipment purchases to initiate or expand recycling
- New or expanded contracts for on-site recycling service
- Composting service
- Equipment, materials, and software purchases to increase or expand operations for recycling processors.
During the 2017 cycle, 18 of 19 jurisdictional applicants received at least partial project funding, while four of five business proposals were awarded funding.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must attend a mandatory briefing session on Feb. 6. Municipal, school and nonprofit applicants meet at 9:30 a.m. The business applicant briefing is at 1:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at 2550 Sandridge Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45439.
For an application, visit www.mcswd.org or call (937) 225-4999.
Deadline to apply for either program is March 30. Grant recipients will be announced in May.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:56 AM
— Zach and Krista Gullufsen relocated from Englewood to Washington Court House to be close to family after frozen pipes burst and flooded their home.
Married since 2011, the husband and wife have battled back from a downward spiral into an addiction to pain pills and are now three years sober.
"We were addicted to pain medication," Krista said. "It started out very legitimate … We were both prescribed pain medication simultaneously and it just spiraled out of control … It had a death grip on us that's for sure."
The Gullufsens were among dozens who shared their stories and offered insights during a forum on the opioid crisis, hosted by Your Voice Ohio.
The two-hour event, one of a series of similar forums being held throughout the state, took place at the Lafayette Room on South Fayette Street in Washington Court House.
The series of forums is aimed in-part at enabling journalists to make contacts and hear directly from those impacted to inform the narrative about the ongoing problem of substance abuse and addiction to opioids.
Participants are asked three questions: What does the opioid crisis look like in your community? What are some of the causes? What steps might we take to combat the epidemic?
During a discussion in her small group, Brenda Campbell, a social worker in Fayette County, agreed with the sentiment that some people are becoming apathetic to the problem, but the opioid crisis is impacting all of us.
"It costs all of us when they're in jail. It costs all of us when their kids have to go to foster care," she said.
Campbell said opioid addiction ties up emergency medical services and law enforcement. She said a few years ago she was in the emergency room when one of her parents fell ill when an unconscious man who had overdosed was driven to the ER.
"She (the driver) came screaming into the waiting area that 'he's dead He's dead,'" Campbell said. "They all went out and drug him out of the car … They gave him at least one shot of Narcan. Maybe two. And he walked out of there before we did."
Kelly Yates, a counselor who recently moved up from Florida, said more needs to be done to educate youths and to provide outlets for positive, drug- and alcohol-free activities.
"It's an epidemic here in Washington Court House. It's bad. There's nothing for the youth at all here," said Yates, who said he's heard about syringes being found in the high school bathroom. "This is something that starts with the adults, but it ends up with the youth. And that's where we need to nip it in the bud."
A common complaint in the room was that there are hardly any resources or treatment facilities in the area, and the programs that are in place often are reserved for those who break the law and are given the treatment option in lieu of jail.
For Zach and Krista Gullufsen, recovery meant traveling to bigger cities where they said there are more qualified professionals and more out-patient recovery programs available.
"All the people with the good services, they're all in the metropolitan areas. Rural people don't have access to that," Zach told the crowd. "We need the money to attract those doctors and start those services in the rural areas … You need professionals that know what they're doing and know how to fight this."
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man was taken to Grandview Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Semi swerves to avoid deer, ends up in mud in Preble County
The initial call reported that a woman hit a man and that he was in the middle of the road on East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive, according to investigators.
His condition is unknown at this time.
Officials continue to investigate whether the incident was accidental or on purpose.
Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.
The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.
A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck.
Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:58 AM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 6 a.m: A malfunctioning pump spilled ten gallons of fuel at a Vandalia gas station Tuesday morning, prompting HAZMAT to respond.
The incident occurred at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road, per initial reports.
The gas station was closed while crews were on scene, but half of the station pumps have reopened for service.
No injuries or other hazards were reported as a result of the spill.
HAZMAT has been requested to a Vandalia gas station after a fuel spill.
Initial reports indicate fuel spilled at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road. The gas station is closed while crews respond.