The Indian Lake Development Corporation hosted its 30th annual Dredge Day Friday afternoon in the Indian Lake State Park Campgrounds Multipurpose Building.
Originally, the luncheon was set to be held at Moundwood State Park. It was moved inside because of a rainy forecast.
About 120 local residents attended the event, which is described as a day of recreation, entertainment, discussion, good food, and exchange of ideas.
Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis served as the emcee.
Other featured speakers included Deputy Chief of ODNR Division of Parks Bob Cumbow, Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham, Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Miller, ILDC President Dave Leiter, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer.
Sholtis praised the state park staff for their work during a very busy season at the campground and the many improvements made to the buildings and grounds, including painting work at Old Field Beach. He said the campground continues to be one of the most popular venues in the state. It ranked in the top five this year.
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Mr. Cumbow said a new dredge will arrive at Indian Lake in 2014. He said the dredge was the result of State Senator Keith Faber and State Representative John Adams spearheading a line item change in the state budget. The new dredge will cost several hundred thousands dollars. The new machine will help maintain a clean and vibrant lake.
County Commissioner Wickersham gave an update on the courthouse project. He said the new tower should be in place in 2014. He also applauded the recycling efforts in our county. Wickersham said the state park will soon be home of the newest recycling center in Logan County. Each month, county residents recycle 400 million tons of materials. Wickersham said this helps keep trash collection costs down for residents and businesses. He closed by endorsing Doug Chamberlain, Republican candidate for state representative in Logan, Champaign, and Shelby counties.
Pam Miller touted the importance of tourism here and across Ohio. She said it's our state's third biggest industry. Miller said the fireworks show in July was a great example of the lake's popularity, attracting about 30,000 visitors. She noted that former state park leader Frank Giannola is now helping in our office.
ODNR Director Zehringer called Indian Lake one of the state's "crown jewels". He said the private/public relationship has been pivotal in making improvements around the lake. He noted that private funds recently paid for a weed harvester for the lake. He thanked the chamber and many volunteers for helping with upgrades around the region. Zehringer recognized the work of the ILDC over the last three decades. He also applauded state leaders for setting aside money for the new dredge.
Listen to his comments.
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