The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be allocating more than $88 million for state park improvements across the state, and the agency is asking for public input to help determine where that funding goes.
Commissioner Tom Horst brought the topic up during Wednesday’s meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners and said he would like to see some improvements at Rocky Fork Lake, particularly to North Beach.
Horst said he thought if the North Beach area was upgraded and bathrooms added, it would “be a big improvement for us,” especially with the desire to draw more visitors to the area.
The $88.5 million received by ODNR through the capital budget is “for projects targeted for updating and renovating parks facilities across the state,” according to the ODNR website.
Ohioans can go to the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov and click on the “Suggest Ohio Park Improvements” in the top banner on the page, or click on the park improvement plan on the page’s featured content. There, visitors can take a survey and let ODNR know what needs repaired or improved at a state park, which can be chosen from a drop-down menu on the survey.
While on the survey it says that the agency “may not be able to make every improvement offered,” ODNR wants the public’s input to be sure that the matters brought up by visitors are what is being addressed.
The survey can be found at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/improvements.
In other business, Sandra White with Highland County Recycling reminded commissioners of the upcoming tire and electronic collection set for Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Garage on Railroad Street.
Sundown Tire Recycling out of Waverly will assist with the tire collection. Various fees apply to different sorts and sizes of tires, ranging from 50 cents for “regular” tires to $20 for agricultural tires, White said.
Leesburg Boy Scouts will be assisting with electronics collection. People can bring any type of electronics device, White said.
White also discussed the county’s recycling bins, located in different parts of the county, and the ongoing problems with items other than recyclables, like garbage and furniture, being dumped at the sites.
She said there is a need for another location in Hillsboro for six to eight bins, and the commissioners suggested the fairgrounds, adding that with the fairgrounds being under lock and key at night, that might help alleviate the ongoing issue of dumping at the recycling bins.
Horst is to check on the option of the fairgrounds for the placement of recycling bins.
For more information about recycling resources in Highland County go to www.co.highland.oh.us/InformationPages/RecyclingResources.html and click on “Recycling Resources Brochure.”
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.