The Logan County Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-noon May through September at the corner of Chillicothe and Detroit in downtown Bellefontaine. SNAP, Medicaid, WIC cardholders get extra $ for produce. Kids 5-12 get $2 in tokens for produce. Page A6 http://indianlakecurrent.oh.newsmemory.com/
Gary Bias was approved by the EMS district board of directors at an April 25 regular meeting to function as project manager to complete construction of a new squad house, across the street from the existing station. Indian Lake Joint Ambulance District has employed a project manager to help along its efforts to construct a new EMS station at the corner of Oak and Stephenson streets in Lakeview.
Bias, the current zoning officer for Washington Township, will be paid $20 per hour to work with EMS Chief Adam Niederkohr to finalize plans and work with Westerheidi Constuction Company to complete the project. The EMS board plans on unveiling a new EMS headquarters by “late fall,” according to meeting minutes. In addition to hiring a dedicated project manager, the EMS board also voted April 25 to disband its previously assembled “building committee” that had been working with project engineers. The EMS district has enlisted Cale Jacobs to provide engineering services. The board also remains in the process of securing financing with Osgood Bank for the new building. Bank representatives have estimated an approximate 4 percent interest rate on the loan, according to discussion from a March 14 regular meeting. Project plans have not yet been signed off on, as Bias and Niederkohr work with its engineer to finalize specifics. According to discussion, board members estimate the new building will be approximately five-times larger than the existing structure. Board member Orville Wickersham has stressed the need for budgetary estimates on utilities and insurance for next year’s appropriations. Chief Niederkohr told the board recently the EMS has selected a new squad for purchase at a total cost of $187,785. However, purchase of that ambulance cannot be completed until a new building is finished, as the EMS currently has nowhere to store a new ambulance. Indian Lake EMS board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the current squad station, 301 N. Oak St., Lakeview. http://www.examiner.org/images/WebEdition/2018_IndianLake.pdf
Planned for 2018 is a new archery range near the Moundwood boat ramp. Parks Manager George Sholtis said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’s Wildlife Division will pay for and develop the range which will be located in an open field near the recycling station. “We know we have a lot of hunters and archery enthusiasts in the county,” he said, “and this will give them a safe place to practice, especially for people who cannot legally shoot in towns where they live.”
The wetlands are designed to attract lots of fish and wildlife habitat. The floating wetlands prevent bank erosions, they filter nutrients and other pollutants and they provide nutrient uptake and sediment filtration through their roots that are suspended in the water. The root system acts as glue to trap suspended sediment.
Abbi Hastings has hit the ground running as the new executive director of the Indian Lake Watershed Project. On board for about two months, the Hardin County native and agriculture systems management saw the installation Friday of two floating treatment wetlands at Moundwood and Pew Island. http://www.examiner.org/news/97928-floating-wetlands-suspended-in-indian-lake
Volunteers assist with the preparation, above, and installation Friday of a floating treatment wetland at Moundwood for the Indian Lake Watershed Project. A smaller wetland also was placed off Pew Island. The plants that are suspended in the rubberized mat attract fish and wildlife and trap sediment. (PHOTOS | SANDY HELGESON)
She and watershed board members and volunteers, including Honda Go workers who were working already around the Moundwood park area, placed native plants in holes dotting rubberized mats and the mats are then anchored to the banks.
Also assisting in the preparation and installation was Kiersten McMahon, a summer intern for Logan Soil and Water, and members of Hastings’ family.
Indian Lake Fishermen are catching a mixed bag of fish at Indian right now. Saugeyes, crappies, channel catfish, and bass have all been in the mix. The channels being reported were up to 4 pounds. The saugeyes are running right around 15 inches, and are being caught on smaller crankbaits in a variety of patterns. Some crappies and yellow perch are also being caught. -Ohio Outdoor News. http://www.outdoornews.com/ohio/fishing-reports/
The new dam at Indian Lake is getting a signature addition to top off the construction effort of the 21st century-designed structure. A new observation deck is near completion, allowing visitors to view the mammoth high tech structure and enjoy beautiful scenes of the lake and dam working in harmony.
The newly constructed $7.6 million dam is called a “Labyrinth Weir” design spillway. This is one of the first “Labyrinth” designed dams in the state and features a 700-foot accordion-fold style configuration.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the spillway is the second largest Labyrinth Weir spillway in the country with a continuous span of more than 700 feet. It will keep the lake safe for the community for decades to come. The largest spillway of this type is located at Ute Dam near Logan, New Mexico.
The dam is catching the attention of passersby and sightseers. With the addition of this new observation deck and also being ranked as the 2nd largest Labyrinth Weir Dam in America, there’s no doubt that this impressive structure will officially become a bonafide tourist attraction and Indian Lake destination site.
The structure appears 98 percent complete. Concrete has already been poured and construction of the barrier walls and seawalls have been completed. Straw has been laid for the grassy areas including the walk up area.
A signage structure to hold an informational placard at the pinnacle point of the observation deck has been constructed and awaits the final installation of the actual plaque itself to be affixed.
The first shaded shelter house is scheduled to be installed at Old Field Beach this summer season thanks to the continued work of a volunteer civic organization dedicated to beautifying Indian Lake and its surrounding public green spaces.
The first shade shelter was purchased last year, and will be situated on the south side of the beach, near the restrooms. It is large enough to accommodate approximately eight picnic tables.
In addition to fundraising and installing shade shelter houses on both the north and south sides of Old Field Beach. Money is still being raised for a second shelter on the north side of Old Field Beach.