Athens County Commissioners Return Grant Funding

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The Athens County Commissioners agreed to return $12,000 in Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant money.

On May 6, 2011, Athens County was awarded a market development grant of $24,000. The agreement for the grant was for the county to partner with Gem Coatings Incorporated and the company was to be the only recipient of the funding.

According to Jo Ann Sikorski, the Clerk for the Athens County Board of Commissioners, Gem Coatings, Inc. did not receive any of the funding before the project commenced. The agreement stated that the Athens County Commissioners were to hold the grant until the project was complete.

Gem Coatings, Inc. planned to use the grant to create scrap tire curbs.

The grant agreement between the Ohio EPA and Athens County expired in June 2013 because the company did not complete the project.

The EPA only asked for half of the 2011 Market Development Grant to be returned.