No increase in camping rates at MWCD campgrounds in 2010

December 22, 2009

The price for camping next year at a Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) campground will be the same as this year.


Members of the MWCD Board of Directors approved a freeze in camping rates for 2010 at its five lake parks and other campgrounds during a recent meeting.


“Given the current economic conditions and the feedback we have received from our guests, we believe it is appropriate to maintain camping rates for the upcoming year,” said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s manager of recreation. “The MWCD also will again offer the payment schedule plan for seasonal campers that was well received and used by many of our guests in 2009.”


The MWCD operates lake parks featuring overnight camping at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan lakes. Camping is available all year long and the parks are fully operational with scheduled events and activities from the Memorial Day through Labor Day holiday weekends. The MWCD also operates campgrounds at Leesville Lake (near Clow’s Marina), along the North Fork of the Kokosing River in Knox County and at Piedmont Marina.

Rates vary by campground, and where applicable, long-term rates of 30 days and seven months also are available.


Previously, Board members also agreed to a freeze in rates for 2010 for the MWCD’s family vacation cabins and overnight boat docking on the MWCD lakes.


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In another matter, Board members agreed to continue working under the MWCD’s 2009 routine operational budget plan while staff completes preparation of the 2010 budget. Board members said they hope to finalize the 2010 budget early next year.


Board members also approved spending more than $6.6 million in 2010 in support of flood reduction and water conservation projects in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD will provide more than $1.6 million as its pledged share of the local costs for work scheduled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Bolivar and Dover dams, $765,000 for shoreline and slope projects at MWCD reservoirs, more than $900,000 for its Partners in Watershed Management grant program and nearly $950,000 for watershed maintenance and education programs.


The funds for those programs are separate from the MWCD’s routine operational budget and are collected through an assessment of property owners in the 18-county watershed, which began in 2009.


In other business, the Board:


Approved the purchase of seed corn and soybeans at a cost not to exceed $81,000 for share crop operations in 2010 on MWCD properties in the Mohawk and Wills Creek reservoirs.


Approved spending up to $35,000 for removal of sediment from Seneca Reservoir in a bay near Chestnut Grove. The MWCD has received permission to remove up to 2 feet of silt from the area to help access to at least a dozen boat docks in the bay. Work is expected to occur over the winter months in time for the upcoming boating season, weather permitting.


Approved entering into an agreement with Civiello Drilling at a cost of $59,275 for services to cap and abandon old wells on MWCD property according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. The work will eliminate potential sources of groundwater contamination.


Approved the low combined yearly bid of $61,917 from Rumpkie Waste Management of Mansfield for trash removal services at Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill reservoirs, and the campgrounds at North Branch Kokosing. The costs are good for a three-year period beginning in 2010.


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