The Clean Ohio Council on Friday opted to delay full implementation of its proposed policy overhaul after members expressed concern about transparency and the gathering of public input.
Clean Ohio staff presented the panel with a list of changes to how the Revitalization Fund and Assistance Fund would operate. They said the proposals resulted from more than a year of input gathered from past grant recipients and other stakeholders.
Rather than vote to implement the changes, however, members approved them as a draft and agreed to gather public input for 30 days, after which changes can be made before final approval.
The move will allow interested projects to work up applications in the meantime and Clean Ohio to collect data so applications can be accepted as soon as the panel votes to approve the procedures.
“Our role in government is to ensure transparency in the process,” council member Sen. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) said at the Columbus meeting. He added the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, also under DOD purview, has been criticized for making changes in policy without public comment.