Retired Smucker executive appointed to MWCD Board of Directors

June 8, 2009

William P. Boyle Jr. has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

Boyle, who owns a home located on land leased from the MWCD at Charles Mill Reservoir near Mansfield, is retired from the J.M. Smucker Co. at Orrville, where he served as president international, senior vice president-director of marketing and as a member of the company's Board of Directors. He was appointed to the seat on the MWCD Board of Directors by the member judges of the Conservancy Court during the court's session Saturday (June 6) in the Tuscarawas County Courthouse at New Philadelphia.

Boyle replaces Thomas L. Tribbie of Cambridge, who has retired from the five-member Board of Directors. Members of the Board, who oversee the operations of the MWCD, are appointed to staggered five-year terms by the 18-judge Conservancy Court.

Boyle, who owns two Ohio farms with formal soil conservation and forestry plans in place, also has traveled throughout South America with the Farm Bureau to study soil conservation practices. A graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a master's degree in marketing, Boyle spent more than 30 years with Smucker after previous positions with the Flint Ink Corp. and the Pillsbury Co. He also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The MWCD Board of Directors meets monthly in open public session to handle the operations of the conservancy district, the largest in Ohio. Other members of the Board are Richard J. Pryce of North Canton, board president; Harry C. Horstman of Scio, board vice president; Steve Kokovich of New Concord; and David L. Parham of Dellroy.

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state of Ohio, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, leading to the construction of 14 reservoirs and dams several years later. The MWCD is a partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the operation of the system of dams and reservoirs in the watershed, as the USACE operates the dams and the MWCD manages most of the reservoir areas behind the dams.

Since their construction, the dams and reservoirs have prevented more than $7 billion worth of property damage from flooding, according to the USACE.

In another matter, the judges heard from Col. Dana R. Hurst, commander of the Huntington (WV) District of the USACE, who provided an overview of present conditions and future plans for the dams in the Muskingum River Watershed.

Hurst told the judges that the system of reservoirs and dams in the watershed has provided better economic opportunity and quality of life for residents of the region. He said the system has reduced the impacts of flooding, provided recreational opportunities and tourism, and produced a sustainable ecosystem for future generations.

Hurst also provided a description of safety projects planned at the dams over the next several years, estimated to cost between $635 million and $685 million. The MWCD has committed to serve as the required non-federal local sponsor for the projects, with its portion estimated at between $125.6 million and $137.1 million, according to Hurst.

"We will be looking at a significant milestone later this summer with the signing of a Project Participation Agreement with the MWCD as the non-federal local sponsor that will allow work to proceed at Dover Dam," Hurst said. He added that projects at Bolivar, Mohawk and Beach City dams, as well as Zoar Levee, also are planned over the next several years.

The MWCD will pay for its share of the costs of the work at the dams - along with other identified maintenance projects at the reservoirs and in the watershed - through an assessment of property owners in the watershed pursuant to Ohio law, for which collection began this year.

The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Washington. More information about the MWCD is available at . Information about individual assessments can be discussed with MWCD staff members by calling toll-free (866) 755-6923.

The Court, which traditionally convenes once each year to consider matters related to the MWCD, also reviewed several other items during its session.

Judges approved the Annual Report of Operations for the MWCD for 2008, which is a legally required document detailing the MWCD's budget and operations for the year. The judges also reviewed and approved several standard budget transfers for 2008 and a contract between the MWCD and the City of Cambridge for water from Seneca Lake for emergency purposes.

The judges, who confirm the appointments of the three members of the MWCD Board of Appraisers - which handles development of methodology of assessments for the conservancy district and appraisals of MWCD properties - were informed that a search continues to find a new member for the seat left vacant by the resignation in 2008 of Thomas A. Roe of Wayne County.

Darrin Lautenschleger
Public Affairs Administrator
Toll-free: (877) 363-8500


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