Muskingum County To Receive Federal Grant

by Mackenzie Stasko on May 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

Ohio will be getting a 15-million dollar federal grant that will provide more than a thousand jobs intended to clean up hard hit areas from last year’s severe wind storms, and Muskingum county is getting a portion of it.

"It’s a national emergency grant with monies being provided by the Department of Labor and there’s actually been two phases to the grant. The first phase, phase one was 6-million dollars for the state and in our area, our community, our initial allocation was for $900,000," said Bob Mercer, Executive Director of the Muskingum County Opportunity Center.

Mercer says there are 80 established sights in Muskingum County that have yet to be cleaned up. He says the money will help go towards hiring temporary workers for about six months to assist with the clean up project.

"It’s almost like a tree cutting service, the skills basically it’s manual labor, it’s outside and a matter of fact we’re looking to hire people right now for the program."

You must be at least 18-years-old to apply. Interested applicants can stop by the Muskingum County Opportunity Center to pick up an application.