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Lewis Center, OH

Alum Creek sailboat Marina denies access to public boaters

The sailboat marina facility at 3040 Lewis Center rd on Alum Creek State Park is a vendor lease from the state of Ohio to the club, the club is called the alum creek sailboat association. The sailboat marina parking lot, shelter house, restrooms, picnic area and portable toilet station are all supposed to be open to the public according to the State lease and the requirements by the owner of the land, the army corp of engineers. Through the management of the club the facility is NOT open to the public. Many people have been told to leave by club members and that it is a private facility, when in fact it is not. The club was partially built using Clean Water Vessle Act (CVA) grant money. $43,500.00 and a matching amount from the State ODNR $53,000.00 This money was for a portable toilet dump station that is required by US Fish and game to be open to ALL recreational boats. This dump station is NOT NOW and has NEVER been accessible to non club members, fishermen or powerboaters. The CVA grant came from fishing equipment taxes and Boat fuel taxes disbursed by US Fish and game. The portable toilet dump station money was used to put in a sewer line and utilities from the sailboat marina to the beach. This is the very same system that the alum creek sailboat marina now uses for their restroom facility that public boaters can not access. $98,000.00 of our tax money was spent to keep Alum creek waters clean for everyone and construct a public facility yet was used to build a private club. The public suffers, the water suffers, the wildlife suffers, The clean water grant suffers, the alum creek sailboat association gains. The club has recently been found in non compliance by the ODNR for not allowing boaters to access this facility, yet there is still no place to park non club boats. The club has been offered by the ODNR to "pay off" the CVA grant rather than comply to the terms of the agreement. They are also being offered this in a pro rated amount of $17,000.00. A second option offered to the club was to put in a courtesy dock so that PUBLIC boaters could access the facility. The alum creek sailboat association voted against this last week 17 to 4. In summary, fishing and fuel taxes were used to construct a sailboat marina that was never open to the public as required by law. The sailboat club is now going to pay back 16% of that money to circumvent compliance. Where is the other $85,000.00? and why is the sailboat club allowed to operate as if it is on private property with no penalties? I am asking this question of the ODNR and I hope that you will too. If you would like more information, I would be happy to share copies of paperwork and contact information of the people that are making these decisions. Ralph Rhodes Drralphy@aol.com  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #1)

Lewis Center, OH

Famed boat resurfaces at Alum Creek

I am a power boater AND a member of the sailing club at alum creek state park. I know the facts and would be happy to share them. The sailboat marina is a vendor lease from the state to the club, the club is called the alum creek sailboat association. The sailboat marina parking lot, shelter house, restrooms, picnic area and portable toilet station are all supposed to be open to the public according to the State lease and the requirements by the owner of the land, the army corp of engineers. Through the management of the club the facility is NOT open to the public. Many people have been told to leave by club members and that it is a private facility, when in fact it is not. The club was partially built using Clean Water Vessle Act (CVA) grant money. $43,500.00 and a matching amount from the State ODNR $53,000.00 This money was for a portable toilet dump station that is required by US Fish and game to be open to ALL recreational boats. This dump station is NOT NOW and has NEVER been accessible to non club members, fishermen or powerboaters. The CVA grant came from fishing equipment taxes and Boat fuel taxes disbursed by US Fish and game. The portable toilet dump station money was used to put in a sewer line and utilities from the sailboat marina to the beach. This is the very same system that the alum creek sailboat marina now uses for their restroom facility that public boaters can not access. $98,000.00 of our tax money spent to keep Alum creek waters clean for everyone and construct a public facility was used to build a private club. The public suffers, the water suffers, the wildlife suffers, The clean water grant suffers, the alum creek sailboat association gains. The club has recently been found in non compliance by the ODNR for not allowing boaters to access this facility, yet there is still no place to park a non club boat. The club has been offered by the ODNR to "pay off" the CVA grant rather than comply to the terms of the agreement. They are also being offered this in a pro rated amount of $17,000.00. A second option offered to the club was to put in a courtesy dock so that PUBLIC boaters could access the facility. The alum creek sailboat association voted against this last week 17 to 4. In summary, fishing and fuel taxes were used to construct a sailboat marina that was never open to the public as required by law. The sailboat club is now going to pay back 16% of that money to circumvent compliance. Where is the other $85,000.00? and why is the sailboat club allowed to operate as if it is on private property with no penalties? I am asking this question of the ODNR and I hope that you will too. If you would like more information, I would be happy to share copies of paperwork and contact information of the people that are making these decisions. Ralph Rhodes Drralphy@aol.com  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #27)