The Ohio Department of Natural Resources might be about to ruin your lakefront home and lifestyle if you live on the Buckeye Lake Dam. There are 400-500 lakefront homes on the 4.5 mile dam.
ODNR recently contracted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess the dam and make recommendations on its future operation and risk reduction. An Army Corps of Engineers team spent a week here in late August.
Two open houses supposedidly to update residents about the assessment have been scheduled for late this month. Both will be open from 5-8 p.m. The Millersport open house is on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Millersport High School. The Buckeye Lake open house is on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.
I question the timing for these open houses as many lakefront homeowners will have already gone south for the winter. I’ll be in Florida by that time. Over the years, I’ve been part of a small group that has consistently challenged ODNR on their grandiose plans to “fix” the dam. We’re about to get a new one.
I strongly urge everyone still here with a home on the dam to attend one of these open houses. Anyone who pays taxes in Ohio ought to attend as well as ODNR’s earlier proposals cost $20- 40 million. For dam property-owners, your docks, lifts, decks and patios will be removed. You will likely be tightly regulated about what you can put in your front yard. Don’t wait until the plan is almost done to get involved and ask questions. YOU can change bad decisions if you show up, get educated and speak your mind. Don’t rely on someone else to protect your property and lifestyle.
I’m upset that so many of us will have gone south for the winter. Hopefully, this scheduling isn’t a harbinger of what’s coming next.