Oliver seeks more structures for county demolition program

Oliver seeks more structures for county demolition program

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Arnie Oliver, Holmes County Planning Commission director, is ready to tear down some old, dilapidated buildings in the county. All he needs is a list of buildings and approval on grant funding from the state that would allow the county to instigate the demolition process.

Oliver met with the Holmes County commissioners on Monday, April 11 and said during the meeting the county has applied for demolition dollars from the state. He said he currently has heard from the owners of six structures in Holmes County who would like to use the state funding to raze a building should Holmes County receive funding for the program.

Oliver said the county is currently seeking additional homes to add to the program should funds become available.

“We were told (by the state) to begin assembling another list for additional houses that could be potentially demoed,” Oliver said. “There’s a chance that if we get the first round of funding, there could be money left over, so in anticipation of that, we are requesting anybody that owns a building in Holmes County that they believe is dilapidated and needs to come down to let us know.”

Oliver said the demolition program is no cost to the building owner, and the county would be happy to bring in more. He also said he is going to work on a Community Development Block Grant application for Historic Downtown Millersburg, noting it is the same money the county has received in prior years.

“It’s for building and renovations,” Oliver said. “We can apply for up to $250,000 and pick a maximum of three buildings in the downtown area, so we will be working on that this spring.”

Anyone interested in having a home or building demolished as part of the demolition program can call Oliver at 330-674-8625 or email him at aoliver@co.holmes.oh.us.

In other commissioner news, with the retirement of Rob Ault as Holmes County commissioner last week, Oliver will step into the role of serving on the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland board in his place.

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