Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Action From September 23 Board Meeting
By Barb Bennett
September 27, 2016
Actions of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) board taken at the September 23 meeting include:
- The 2016 Maintenance Assessment levy in the amount of $5,730,263.70. This is a continuation of the 50% reduction of the assessment which was originally reduced in 2015. Funds collected are used for the maintenance of the aging dams, reservoirs and the flood reduction system along with water quality projects and initiatives throughout the 18 county district.
- The 2016 Chippewa Subdistrict Maintenance Assessment levy in the amount of $326,129.56 which is a 13.12% decrease from the 2015 assessment. These funds are used for the maintenance of the local flood reduction system in the Chippewa Subdistrict in Wayne and Medina Counties.
- A three year contract with American Fireworks of Hudson Ohio for the low bid of $98,550.00 to provide fireworks displays at the five MWCD parks which at Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Atwood, Tappan and Seneca lakes.
- A three year contract with Kimble of Dover to provide recycling and trash hauling services at Atwood/Leesville, Tappan Park, Clendening Marina and Piedmont Marina for the low bid of $297,615.00
- A three year contract with Rumpke of Mansfield for trash hauling services at Charles Mill/Pleasant Hill for a low bid of $79,117.76
- Advertising to request bids and award a contract for a 3,000 ft. sanitary sewer project at Atwood Lake Park. The engineer’s estimate is $430,000.
- Advertising to request bids and award a contract for site and utility improvements for a new campground at Pleasant Hill Lake Park to accommodate 59 full-hookup RV campsites, a pre-fabricated restroom/shower building, picnic shelter and playground. The engineer’s estimate is $3,400,000.
- Advertising to request bids and award contracts for shoreline stabilization projects during winter drawdown. A total of 10 projects will be bid for Atwood, Charles Mill, Leesville, Piedmont, and Pleasant Hill lakes with a consolidated engineer’s estimate of $1,654,000. A separate shoreline stabilization project at Atwood will be completed by MWCD staff.
- Advertising to request bids and award a contract for Piedmont Marina Renovations. The project includes a building addition for ADA accessible restrooms, outside deck and seating, and access steps to the lake. The engineer’s estimate is $270,000. Alternate bid renovations include interior improvements to enhance retail services and dining experiences with an additional engineer’s estimate of $151,000.
- The transfer of the operating lease for Kokosing Campground, which is a campground owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, to Fredericktown Recreation District once concurrence and approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers is granted.
- The proposed lake drawdown schedule for eight lakes managed by MWCD. The drawdown schedule will be presented to the US Army Corps Engineers and Ohio Department of Natural Resources for review and final approval
The next regularly scheduled MWCD Board meeting is on Friday, October 21 at 9:00 am at the Messerly Recreation Center at Charles Mill Lake Park in Ashland County.
About the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
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 Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in the State of Ohio. The District includes 18 counties and covers 8,000 square miles which is 20% of the state. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $11.9 billion of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. In addition, over 5.5 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents. For more information about the MWCD visit www.mwcd.org
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