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Local leaders announce ambitious plans around Indian Lake (Audio & video included)

A large crowd gathered at the Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall in Russells Point for the annual Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon Friday.

Local, state, and federal leaders discussed issues that relate to the Indian Lake region.

Featured speakers included Tony Core, Logan County Commissioner; George Sholtis, Indian Lake State Park Manager; Mark Wahl, President of the Indian Lake School Board; Andy Smith, Logan County Sheriff; Randy Chevalley, ODOT District 7 Deputy Director; Jon Dobney, Assistant Chief of State Parks; Cliff Hite, State Senator; Robert Sprague, State Representative; Cam Warner, Deputy District Director for Congressman Jim Jordan; and Pam Miller, Executive Director of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Many of the speakers talked about activities and events that affect the lake region and the county.

Commissioner Core said the National Emergency Grant Program is in full swing. About two weeks ago, crews started removing wood and debris from last June's windstorm. Each Friday afternoon from 12-3 local residents can pick up free wood at the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Core said the restoration of the courthouse will take several more months. He said family court and common pleas court will relocate to the Carnegie Building in the next week to ten days. Core praised the work that has been done to transform the building from a library into a county facility.

Finally, Mr. Core said a new recycling center will be opening on the north side of Indian Lake later this year.

Listen to Core discuss the National Emergency Grant program, the restoration at the courthouse, and more.

Park Manager Sholtis said dredging operations will be done around Pew Island and Barnes Channel this year.

An outbreak of the emerald ash borer forced park crews to remove several trees last year around the state park, Blackhawk, and Moundwood. Sholtis plans on raising funds to replace the trees. The Indian Lake Development Corporation is expected to spearhead the fundraising.

Sholtis said kayak enthusiasts can look forward to a launching area near Moundwood on the east side of State Route 368.

He reported many upgrades around the campground, which is the second most popular campground in the state park system. He said there will be road repairs in the campground, more outside seating, and WiFi on the grounds.

The Nature Center will be moved closer to the campground area.

Finally, Sholtis noted that longtime naturalist Vert Molitor recently retired.

The state park is looking to replace Molitor and hire seasonal help. If you're interested, contact the state park at 843-2717.

Listen to Sholtis recap his speech.

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Watch Sheriff Smith talk about adding two staff members, then address enforcement around Indian Lake.

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