2017-10-07 / Editorials & Letters

Hottinger quickly answers letter about dam project impact

Editor’s Note: Last week we published a letter from Honey Creek resident and homeowners association president Peter Myer that he wrote to State Senator Jay Hottinger on August 15, 2017. Hottinger responded on Friday, September 29 after Myer’s letter appeared in The Beacon on Thursday, September 28.

Dear Mr. Myer,

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns with Buckeye Lake. I am grateful that you spent the time to write me and for sharing your thoughts.

The first I read your letter dated August 15, 2017 was yesterday when it appeared in the Buckeye Lake Beacon. As you and I have communicated numerous times throughout the years both in person and via written correspondence, I believe you would agree to my availability and accessibility. I apologize for just getting back to you, but it is generally a good habit if you haven’t received a response back from me in a matter of days to follow up with a phone call.

In your letter you raised a number of compelling issues involving both Buckeye Lake and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Upon seeing your letter in the paper I reached out to ODNR concerning your comments. I have asked the Department to respond to you to help provide detailed answers to any questions or concerns you may have. The Department has told me that they will reach out to you directly, so please let me know if you do not hear from them in a timely manner.

In response to some of the points you raised in your letter,

I have been told by ODNR that since the establishment of an interim summer pool ODNR begins drawing down the lake to winter pool starting October 1st. Reaching winter pool takes approximately 4 weeks depending on various conditions. The stop-logs will be put back in place on March 1st and the lake will be allowed to refill to the interim summer pool. I have also been told that over the past 24 years the lake elevation reached a height that went over Sellers Point Spillway twelve times during the construction winter-pool period. Because of this, ODNR will begin removing the stop-logs on October 1st to allow for the elevation to go down to winter pool (two feet below the interim summer pool level).

Again, thank you for sharing your perspective. I look forward to learning more about the concerns and issues you raised regarding Buckeye Lake.

Cordially,

Jay Hottinger
State Senator
31st District

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