2010-03-20 / News

Bolger gives up South Licking Watershed Conservancy District post

NEWARK – Daniel Bolger, a director of the South Licking Watershed Conservancy District since 2006 recently announced his resignation due to business and family commitments.

He is one of the three directors appointed by the Conservancy Court which consists of Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain, Fairfield County Common Pleas Judge Chris Martin and Athens County Common Pleas Judge Alan Goldsberry. The Court will appoint his replacement.

The South Licking Watershed Conservancy District includes portions of Licking, Fairfield and Perry counties. Conservancy districts are charged with reducing flooding; management of streams wetlands and related conservation; and water quality and supply issues. The complete text regarding conservancy district laws is available at http://codes.ohio. gov/orc/6101.

The volunteer directors are expected to attend Board of Directors’ meetings which are currently held monthly and the annual meeting of the Conservancy Court. Other duties may be assigned. Sections 6010.10 through 6101.26 of the Ohio Revised Code outline director responsibilities.

The South Licking district has been focusing on reducing flooding from the South Fork of the Licking River as it loops south of I-70 near Ohio 37 toward Buckeye Lake, before turning north and crossing under I-70 near the Ohio 79 interchange on its way to Newark. The most recent flood control plan to build a normally dry impoundment west of Ohio 37 to hold floodwaters and a bypass channel to keep those waters north of I-70 is stalled. Funding for the multi-million project has not been secured and costs continue to increase while proponents battle a small, but determined group of opponents. Most recently, soil samples taken from the path of the proposed bypass channel threaten to derail that part of the plan.

Applications are being accepted to fill Bolger’s unexpired term through December 2012. Letters should include:

1. Information that demonstrates your qualifications and interest to become a Director of the South Licking Watershed Conservancy District.

2. Name, address, contact information via phone, fax and email, and employment history.

3. Education.

4. Licenses, Registrations and Certificates.

5. List of Professional, trade, business or civic activities and offices held.

Application criteria is also available from Jim Mickey of the ing County Planning Commission at 740-670-5201 or jmickey@ lcounty.com

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 and should be directed to Jim Mickey, Environmental Planner, Licking County Planning Commision, 20 South Second Street, Newark OH 43055

More information is available from Directors Ed Hankinson. 740-924-2411 and David Lipstreu, 440-897-5793 or Secretary Jim Mickey at 740-670-5201.

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