No increase in docking permit fees at MWCD lakes in 2010

November 25, 2009

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will not increase fees in 2010 for docking permits on its lakes.


Members of the MWCD Board of Directors agreed during a recent meeting to freeze overnight docking rates next year at their 2009 rates. Eligible boat owners will pay annual fees of $60 for overnight docking for one boat and $210 apiece for additional boats.


It will be the fourth consecutive year that the docking rates have not been increased.


“We have reviewed our rates to ensure that they are fair and competitive in the marketplace and do not believe any increases are appropriate at this time,” said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s chief of conservation/chief ranger.


The fees cover boat owners who also are seasonal campers at an MWCD lake park or campground, are lessees at an MWCD cottage site at eight reservoirs, or are part of private docking groups, club sites and docking associations.


Boat owners who obtain docking space from a marina located at an MWCD lake pay fees that are established by each marina.


In other business, the Board of Directors:


Approved a resolution to apply for grant funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for the MWCD’s marine patrol program in 2010. The MWCD received $32,000 in 2009 from ODNR. An estimated $170,000 was spent by the MWCD to patrol its lakes in 2009.


Reviewed the preliminary draft budget for 2010, which estimates total revenues at slightly more than $19.9 million for the year. An updated budget for final review and consideration will be provided to the Board at its Dec. 18 meeting, said James B. Cugliari, MWCD chief financial officer/treasurer.


Agreed to award contracts for trash removal services at Atwood, Leesville and Tappan reservoirs to J&J Refuse at Dover on a combined low bid of $65,090 annually over a three-year period beginning in 2010.


Agreed to a schedule of regular meetings for 2010 on the following dates: Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 5 (Conservancy Court at New Philadelphia), July 23, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. The Board routinely begins its meetings, which are open public sessions according to state law, at 9 a.m. Locations of the meetings will be announced later.


Was informed that 7,700 customer satisfaction surveys were mailed out recently and results will be compiled and reported to the Board. The surveys were sent to five MWCD customer groups: seasonal campers, short-term campers, cottage site lessees, family vacation cabin guests and boat owners who purchase overnight docking space.


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