Weatherization

Ohio's government watchdog has found wrongdoing in the way the development department handled federal grant money meant to help low-income people weatherize their homes.

The report from the office of the inspector general says state Department of Development was given $266 million as part of the federal stimulus to help poor Ohioans weather-proof their homes.

The report finds that the department didn't do enough inspections to make sure that groups weatherizing homes actually did the work they were paid for.

Wilmington, Ohio is still suffering from the economic effects of DHL's decision to stop domestic operations at the airpark there. That's why a community organization is lobbying hard to get help from the federal stimulus package.

The group, called Energize Clinton County, is now lobbying for 30 million dollars from the federal stimulus package. They plan is to weatherize 10,000 homes and create over 1,000 jobs in southwest Ohio. Co-Founder Mark Rembert says this project could create immediate jobs.