Three receive seats on MWCD Development Advisory Committee

April 28, 2010

Three people who are involved with the reservoirs of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) have been selected to the MWCD’s volunteer Development Advisory Committee (DAC).


The MWCD Board of Directors recently approved the appointments of Jeff Heacock of New Concord, John M. Prelac of Canton and Robert C. Prince of Carrollton to the DAC during a recent meeting held at New Philadelphia.


The DAC was created by the MWCD Board of Directors in 1982 to provide an organized public support system for responsive and effective conservation, economic development and recreation programs. The 18-member DAC discusses issues of concern with the MWCD Board of Directors and staff, and has been assigned topics for research and recommendations by the Board.


Heacock serves as assistant vice president for student affairs at Muskingum University. He spent 26 years as the head football coach at the university and also was the athletic director for several years. A graduate of Muskingum, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree, he also earned a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. He is an MWCD cottage site lessee at Seneca Lake.


Prelac is an attorney with the Stark County firm of Day Ketterer Ltd. at Canton, with his legal experience concentrating on the areas of estate planning and business law. One of his areas of focus deals with family cottage law. Prelac obtained his bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College and earned a master’s degree and his legal degree from the University of Akron. He is an avid fisherman and boater.


Prince is retired from the U.S. Postal Service at Pittsburgh. A Stark County native, he attended Stark Technical College, Kent State University and Bolger Management Academy at Maryland. He owns a home near Leesville Lake and is a member of the board of trustees of the Rockwood Property Owners Association.


DAC members are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve terms of three years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.


Meetings of the DAC generally are held quarterly, with additional meetings held as needed.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government.


In other business, the MWCD Board of Directors:


Agreed to a lease with the Bedrock Stone Co. for the removal of loose sandstone and the reclamation of a former quarry site located at Beach City Reservoir in northern Tuscarawas and southern Stark counties. Bedrock Stone Co. will pay the MWCD $10 per ton for removed material, and has paid the MWCD about $15,000 over the past four years for similar work.


Approved an application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft Clean Vessel Act Grant Program for funding assistance for a sewage pump-out system for boats at Piedmont Marina. The total cost of the project is estimated at $50,000. Board members also approved the two-year lease of a pickup truck for use at Piedmont Marina at a cost of $13,081 per year. The MWCD has taken over management of the marina this year.


Agreed to enter into an agreement with American Fireworks Co. of Hudson on its low bid of $35,000 for the supply and exhibit of seven fireworks shows at various MWCD lakes during the upcoming summer season.


Approved spending $132,426 for materials to be used this year on approximately 1,380 acres of MWCD agricultural lands managed through share-crop leases at Mohawk and Wills Creek reservoirs.


Held an executive session to discuss the potential sale or lease of MWCD property, and personnel issues. No action was taken following the executive session.

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