Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Board Action From the October 21, 2016 Meeting


October 27, 2016

Actions of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) board taken at the October 21 meeting held at Charles Mill Lake Park include:


  • A grant to Stark Parks in the amount not to exceed $105,090.76 through the Partners in Watershed Management program for Flood Hazard Mitigation for acquisition of four homes to permanently reestablish flood plain along the Zimber Ditch. These funds will be allocated from the FY2017 Maintenance Assessment Fund and will be used to provide part of local matching funds to receive $788,230 in federal funding from FEMA through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program. With this grant, MWCD has contributed a total of $248,730 in local match funds, or 8.5% of the total project cost, to help access over $2.9 million in federal funding to purchase a total of 18 homes in this flood prone area of Stark County.
  • Renewal of a three-year partnership program with Carroll and Harrison Soil and Water Conservation Districts to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff in the Atwood, Leesville, Tappan and Clendening sub-watersheds for a total of $139,897.
  • A contract with OHM Advisors for $65,920.00 for final engineering design for a wastewater treatment plant serving Piedmont marina and campground
  • Purchase of a pre-fabricated building for $549,707.00 from the Public Restroom Company through the state approved Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program. The building will serve as a concession stand, restroom, and lifeguard locker room at Seneca Beach.
  • An agreement jointly developed with the Village of Senecaville which allows Seneca Lake Park sanitary sewer to connect to the Village Waste Water Treatment Plant.


  • MWCD to be the sponsor for the Tuscarawas River Water Trail to work with Rural Action and other partners to develop the state water trail designation for the Tuscarawas River. Responsibilities of sponsorship include acting as coordinator with local stakeholders and managing grant opportunities through ODNR for brochures, signage and other awareness campaigns.
  • Advertising to request proposals for construction administration and inspection services for FY17 needed to support the $37 million in construction and capital improvements planned at campgrounds and parks throughout the district in 2017. The engineer’s budget for these services is $1,800,000.
  • Advertising to request bids and award a contract for a sanitary sewer pump station and 11,500 feet of 6-inch force main to serve Seneca Lake Park. The engineer’s estimate for this project is $1,060,000.
  • Staff to advertise for bids and award a contract for the demolition of the existing Seneca Beach concession stand and provide site preparation for a new concession stand. The engineer’s estimate is $354,374.00


  • The bid results for a major campground upgrade at Atwood Lake Park – Area 20. Nine contractors submitted bids. The low bidder and award of contract went to Beaver Excavating Company of Canton at $6,795,392.39 which was 2% below the engineer’s estimate. The project includes construction of a new campground with 142 full-hookup RV campsites, a restroom/shower building, shelter, playground and abutments for new cluster docks on the lake.
  • The Tappan dredging project to remove 160,000 cubic yards of sediment is 81% complete and is on track to be 100% complete by the end of 2016.


The next regularly scheduled MWCD Board meeting is on Friday, November 18 at 9:00 am at the Kent State Tuscarawas Science and Tech Center.


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, per 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

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