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Wind Turbines

Groundbreaking event
Congratulations Jim Reed

Update on bridge

Funds for New Dredge Cleared

IL Historical Society 10 Years Old

New Weed Report

Refurbished Dredge Back

Retired Park Manager Cleared

Plans for season 2013

Trees Removed
Road and Channel Closure

Hotel Possibility

New Weed Harvester

Indian Lake Campground is 2nd most popular in the State
ODNR Deputy Director Cobb said Indian Lake is a gem and a model for the rest of the state. He said the campground is the second most popular venue in the state, only trailing East Harbor in Port Clinton near Lake Erie. Cobb said the capital budget is expected to provide funds for park upgrades. The money could possibly be earmarked for shower and bathroom upgrades at Indian Lake. The capital budget should be finalized in the next few weeks.

Wind Turbine Meeting - Feb. 11, 2014
"The meeting room was packed out and a good number of very well prepared speakers from all over our County made their viewpoints known in very clear terms. It was exciting to see our political system actually working as it should. In my opinion it was a great meeting and it ended with what I think was a honest promise to hold a public hearing on the wind project prior to the commissioners taking action to approve a pilot project or approve the funds to move forward with the project in Logan County. I wish you all could have been there to see freedom of speech in action."
Jim Burkholder

Commissioners Dustin Wickersham, Tony Core and John Baylis verbatim:
Our office has received a number of comments regarding the proposed Scioto Wind Project. We wanted the opportunity to clarify misunderstandings and the involvement our office has regarding the proposed wind development. The Logan County Commissioners do not have the authority to grant or deny any wind project. The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reviews all proposed wind development projects and has the sole authority to grant or deny any wind development project. If the project is approved by the OPSB, the wind development company may choose to apply to the Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for a payment in lieu of taxes. The Director of Development is required to forward a copy of that application to the Board of County Commissioners of each county in which the project is located and to each taxing unit in the affected area. The Board of Commissioners, upon receiving a copy of an application from ODSA, has a period of 30 days in which to adopt a resolution to approve or reject the application. The board may request a longer period of time to review the application at the discretion of the Director of Development. If after the allowed time period the Board of County Commissioners has taken no action, the request for the payment in lieu of taxes is denied. To date, the Scioto Wind project has been submitted to OPSB and the wind developer is waiting for OPSB’s final decision. It is our understanding that the developer plans to apply to ODSA for a payment in lieu of taxes, if the project is approved by the OPSB. We have not granted or approved any payment in lieu of taxes for any wind turbine project. In fact, no request for tax exemption or payment in lieu of taxes has been filed with us. If and when we receive a copy of the application from the ODSA, we will seek input from other local taxing entities including townships and school districts. Our office will plan to hold a public meeting, where we will hear public input about the proposed payment in lieu of taxes. Even if we do receive an application for payment in lieu of taxes and it is denied, the wind developer would still be able to build the wind turbines. It may be less likely, but by no means does it prevent the wind turbines from being built. There are Logan County citizens on both sides of this issue. We are always willing to meet and listen to citizen concerns. Our office can be contacted via email at commissioners@co.logan.oh.us or phone 937-599-7283.
Thank you, Logan County Commissioners

Sandy Beach Bridge Groundbreaking Video from the Lima News.
Russells Point, Ohio - What once was the home of Sandy Beach Amusement Park is now bringing many back together again. People came to Russell's Point to witness the reopening of what is now Sandy Beach Bridge. The landmark holds historical significance for the community. One official of the Indian Lake Area Historical Society, Jim Reed, says it bridges the gap between the past and present. Reed says the bridge can do much for the area. Reed says once the bridge is complete there will be another dedication in store, but donations are still needed to helped finalize the construction. Donations are welcome at sandybeachbridge.com.
By Ty Batemon, Multi Media Video Journalist

Jim Reed of Spend A Day Marina receives the Rupp Leadership Award
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award was presented to Jim Reed. Reed and his family own Spend-A-Day Marina at Indian Lake. The business was founded by Reed's parents in 1950. Reed has served our community in many ways. He was the first president of the Indian Lake Development Corporation. He has also served as an Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce board member. Reed spearheads the fundraising for the annual fireworks display at Old Field Beach. The Reeds are also longtime members of the Indian Lake Watershed Project and were honored as Watershed Business of the Year in 1997 & 2002. Currently, Jim is chairperson of the Sandy Beach Bridge Project through the Indian Lake Historical Society. His dedication and passion for Logan County reflect the meaning of the Rupp Award.
Artical by Bill Tipple WPKO Bellefontaine

Sandy Beach Bridge Update
At the monthly meeting of the Indian Lake Historical Society, Jim Reed owner of Spend A Day Marina gave a bridge update. The project will re-deck the bridge that spans Russells Point Harbor and will include walkways, benches, and historical markers. The markers will include information about famous people from the Indian Lake area and the amusement park that used to set at the bridge’s location. The goal of the project is to make the area have a public park-like atmosphere that will allow the community to crossover the bridge for the first time in decades.Report by Nate Dunham on WPKO

Funds for New Indian Lake Dredge Cleared
Recently Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham announced that funds have been appropriated by the Senate for Indian Lake to have its own dredge. House of Representative John Adams included it in the state budget. The Senate passed the budget allowing $900,000 to be used for a dredge at Indian Lake. If you get the opportunity, please call or write a letter thanking your Senator for passing this item in the budget. We need to continue to follow through to make sure this dredge is delivered to us to get the channels and shallow areas of the lake dredged next year.
Article from the Chamber Newsletter

Indian Lake Historical Society celebrates 10 Years
The Indian Lake Area Historical Society held its annual picnic to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the East-base of the Sandy Beach Bridge Monday. The organization held the event at the bridge to promote its renovation project. The group has been working with the Bill Reed family to bring to life his dream of having the bridge renovated so people could walk across it again. The society is looking to raise $225,000 to renovate the bridge (pictured right) that used to connect the two sides of an amusement park that used to be on the property. The cost of the project will cover construction, landscaping, and maintenance. The group has raised about $100,000 towards the project. An anonymous donor has offered to match any $20 or more donation, up to a total of $20,000 through Labor Day. For more information on the project and how to donate check out www.SandyBeachBridge.com or www.IndianLakeOhioHistoricalSociety.org. The society wants to start construction as soon as possible. Jean Duning comments on the evening and the bridge renovation process. The group reflected on its ten year history by looking back at some of its accomplishment and remembering those who have served as past officers and trustees. The historical society was founded in 2003 and then the group moved the Orchard Island Post Office to the Dredge Island between Orchard Island and Wolf Island. The society also published an over 140-page book with pictures and narratives of Indian Lake's history. Among the former members recognized were the original eight founders of the society: Isabelle Wicker Pusey, Karen Beasley, Marjorie Underwood Brundage, Charles DeMarsh, Al Frantz, Karen Fultz, Patricia Landis, and Robert MacDonald. Other recognized former members were: Sue Pitts, Mary Ellen Cheney, Joel Perry, Ron Duning, Judy Maxwell, Marion Sherer, Tom Richardson, Perry Hodies, Gene Rice, Ralph Krouskop, Dave Bohla, Jean Duning, Pat MacDonald, Dave Leiter, Chris Morris, Celia Lange, Don Berlin, John Coleman, and Jean Singhoffer. The Mad River Valley Dulcimer Society provided entertainment during the picnic. The Indian Lake Area Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Galilee Lutheran Church, 301 Lincoln Boulevard, Russells Point. The meetings usually have a speaker talking about the history of Indian Lake from their perspective.
WPKO By Nate Dunham

New Weed Report
Dana Oleskiewicz is the Program Director for Citizen Lake Awareness and Monitoring and is part of the Ohio Lake Management Society. She explained, "Harmful Algal blooms are actually caused by a type of bacteria and are not algae. Only a few types, under the right curcumstances, are toxic."

Bodies of water at highest risk include those with nutrient problems, lakes high in phosphorous, low water levels, and calm and warm water.

Blue-green algae thrives off of phosphorous, a chemical widely used in crop farming. The heavy use of the substance for fertilizer in recent years has made agricultural operations one of the major contributing factors to the harmful algae across Ohio.

Vicky Boots is the Executive Director of the Indian Lake Watershed Project. She noted the difference between Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Indian Lake.“We have had so much cooperation from our agricultural producers out in the watershed. They got on board first hand back in 1990 when the watershed project was formed,”

Local farmers were willing to change their practices and take part in environmentally friendly projects. These include no-till crop farming, installation of buffer strips to prevent chemical-heavy runoff, and many others.Oleskiewicz also added that the continuous replenishing of Indian Lake from a freshwater source is another contributing factor for the lack of an algal bloom. Boots and representatives from the Ohio Lake Management Society revealed a plan to test Indian Lake on a biweekly basis starting in July. A member of the Indian Lake Council volunteered and was trained to collect samples from the lake to be sent to a lab in order to identify the risk of the water. Through continued vigilance and community awareness, the Indian Lake Watershed Project hopes to make enough of a difference in the surrounding community to prevent Indian Lake from falling into a fate similar to that of Grand Lake St. Mary. For more information about Harmful Algal Blooms, go to www.OhioAlgaeInfo.com
Information from Joel Penhorwood WPKO

Refurbished Dredge Back
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the equipment is scheduled to address sediment issues at Pew Island channels, Pew Island Bay, Barnes Creek and Moundwood Channel. Built in 1964, the dredge was renovated by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Recreation. Refurbishment included removal of the dredge from the lake, complete disassembly, installation of a new steel hull and a rebuilt engine, fabrication of a new swing ladder, repair of the hydraulic and gear equipment as well as exterior sand blasting and a new paint job. Other duties ahead for the equipment include dredge material relocation construction projects, installing and maintaining the state park’s seawall, installing and repairing state docks, and weed harvesting, stump removal and other ongoing debris removal projects.
Bellefontain Examiner

Retired Park Manager, Frank Giannola Cleared of serious violations..
Following a 15-month investigation, the Ohio Inspector General released a report Thursday that said former Indian Lake State Park manager Frank Giannola (pictured) improperly handled an invoice and did not file the correct paperwork for an inoperable piece of equipment. An allegation that Giannola improperly administered bids for repair and construction of the state’s boat docks and other real estate improvements at the park was not substantiated. The investigation proved that Giannola did not improperly use fuel nor did he reallocate a laptop computer. The inspector general was originally notified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on December 13th, 2011. An investigation started in January 2012. Documents report that Giannola improperly handled one invoice. You can see the complete report at http://watchdog.ohio.gov/Portals/0/pdf/investigations/2011-231.pdf.
Article by Bill Tipple WPKO

State Park Plans for season 2013
Park Manager Sholtis said dredging operations will be done around Pew Island and Barnes Channel this year. An outbreak of the emerald ash borer forced park crews to remove several trees last year around the state park, Blackhawk, and Moundwood. Sholtis plans on raising funds to replace the trees. The Indian Lake Development Corporation is expected to spearhead the fundraising. Sholtis said kayak enthusiasts can look forward to a launching area near Moundwood on the east side of State Route 368. He reported many upgrades around the campground, which is the second most popular campground in the state park system. He said there will be road repairs in the campground, more outside seating, and WiFi on the grounds. The Nature Center will be moved closer to the campground area. Finally, Sholtis noted that longtime naturalist Vert Molitor recently retired. The state park is looking to replace Molitor and hire seasonal help. If you're interested, contact the state park at 843-2717.
By Bill Tipple WPKO

Deceased Ash Trees Removed from Indian Lake
After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered at some Ohio State Parks in western Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks formed a partnership to remove the affected ash trees. “The Division of Forestry brings a level of expertise to this project that allows these infested trees to be removed safely, quickly and in a cost-effective way from these state parks,” said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “While it is disappointing to lose the ash trees, their removal is necessary to protect the safety of our visitors, which is our biggest priority.”

According to Gregg Maxfield, ODNR northern district forest manager, approximately 700-800 ash trees will be removed from Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, Indian Lake State Park and Lake Loramie State Park.

The ODNR Division of Forestry started working on removing trees from Indian Lake State Park on Dec. 11 before starting at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. According to Maxfield, the tree removal at Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Loramie will be completed, weather-permitting, by the end of this week. He anticipates removal of the trees from the three state parks will be finished by early January. The leftover wood from the trees is free to any individual at each of the three state parks in designated areas from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. All interested individuals should contact the park offices for more information. It is recommended that firewood from the ash trees be burned locally by April. The park managers for the three state parks are encouraging people to participate in the Adopt-a-Tree program or donate a tree to replace the ash trees that will be removed. People interested in adopting a tree, giving a financial gift or donating a tree may contact the individual park offices for more information.
Story by Scott Stockdale WPKO

Orchard Island Boat Channel and St. Rt. 708 closed.
Lane closures will be in effect on State Route 708 on the Orchard Island bridge north of Russells Point (between Holiday Cove Lane and ODNR 17 Road) beginning Tuesday at 7:00am. These will be 24-hour-a-day lane closures. The affected lanes are scheduled to reopen to motorists in April of 2013. The total completion date for this project is June of 2013. One lane of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction with a temporary traffic signal. These lane closures are due to a contractor replacing a bridge over a boat channel in that area. Arrow boards and signs will be in place prior to the work zone to alert you of the upcoming closure. All work is weather permitting. The channel will be closed to boater traffic until March.
WPKO report.

Local and state officials explore Indian Lake hotel and marina
By Bill Tipple WPKO
Several local and state leaders met at the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon to learn more about a proposed hotel and marina. If approved, the facility would be built on the south edge of the lake near the intersection of State Route 366 and Township Road 239 (west of Russells Point). The hotel would be 65-75 rooms along with an 86-dock marina. RE Becker Builders in Wapakoneta owns the property. Ron, Camille, and K.C. Becker were joined by Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham, Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Miller, chamber board members, Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames, the Indian Lake Watershed, ODNR officials Frank Giannola, George Sholtis, and Glenn Cobb, State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, and State Senator Dave Burke explored the proposed development. The issue was first discussed several years ago. After the Ohio Department of Natural Resources lost interest in a hotel at Indian Lake, Sandra Brasington, liaison to Governor Kasich, worked with ODNR legislative liaison Ben Pendery to rekindle interest in the development. No definitive action was taken Thursday. State officials viewed the site on 366. They hope to have an answer in the next few weeks.

WEED HARVESTER
Indian Lake has a new weed harvestor machine thanks to the Watershed group and all who donated .
During the past twenty years the sediment flowing into Indian Lake has been reduced from 80,000 tons per year to 15,000 tons per year. The Citizens Lake Awareness Monitoring (CLAM) volunteers) who monitor for water clarity reported this past year readings of 52 inches with a 12 inch average for the 2010 season. As a result of these improvements the lake has seen the influx of weed growth - clearer water, better light penetration, more light - results in more weeds. With the purchase of the weed harvester from local funds, the Indian Lake area can maintain the lake through the summer recreation season, keeping the lake free and clear of sediment and weeds. This will continue to make Indian Lake a prime tourist attraction and will promote commerce at Indian Lake. From the chamber newsletter.
During the past twenty years the sediment flowing into Indian Lake has been reduced from 80,000 tons per year to 15,000 tons per year. The Citizens Lake Awareness Monitoring (CLAM) volunteers) who monitor for water clarity reported this past year readings of 52 inches with a 12 inch average for the 2010 season. As a result of these improvements the lake has seen the influx of weed growth - clearer water, better light penetration, more light - results in more weeds.
With the purchase of the weed harvester from local funds, the Indian Lake area can maintain the lake through the summer recreation season, keeping the lake free and clear of sediment and weeds. This will continue to make Indian Lake a prime tourist attraction and will promote commerce at Indian Lake. From the chamber newsletter.



 

 


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