Dredging the lower portion of the Ashtabula River will begin in mid-April, Ohio Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, and Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere said Monday.
In August of 2013, the state’s Controlling Board approved $70,000 in funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to dredge a portion of the Ashtabula River near Brockway Marina. The state tax dollars match local funding sources, both public and private.
Along with Brockway Marina ($20,000) and Ashtabula Recreation Unlimited ($15,000), the Ashtabula Civic Development Corporation ($20,000), the City of Ashtabula ($5,000), the Ashtabula City Port Authority ($5,000) and the Ashtabula County Port Authority ($5,000) helped fund the local match of $70,000.
“I am excited that this proposal affords us an opportunity to see investment in Ashtabula County,” Patterson said. “I believe this project will bring a much-needed boost to local tourism, which will in turn provide a positive impact on both the local and state economies for years to come. I look forward to seeing this project move forward and am happy to support these efforts.”
Timonere said the city is extremely proud to be involved in this public/private project.
“We want to thank all the entities who helped make this possible,” he said. “Mary Church, our project administrator, worked extremely hard to make this happen and with the help of Rep. Patterson maneuvering this through Columbus.”
Although this project was originally scheduled for the fall of 2013, delays caused by permitting through the Ohio EPA and the Army Corp. of Engineers pushed the project to this April.
“Coordinating all the state and federal agencies involved during the permitting process was a daunting task,” Timonere said. “With the help of Rep. Patterson and the diligent work of Mary Church, we were finally able to get the permit finalized in late March of 2014.”
Geo. Gradel Co. from Toledo submitted the lowest responsible bid.