Funding for flood mitigation included in proposed state budget
Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:08 AM
From staff and press reports
Flooding was not isolated to just the highways in and out of Ottawa last weekend. Residential areas, such as this photo of the intersection of Maple and Third Streets, were also under water.
COLUMBUS - In a joint statement, State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) on Wednesday announced that a provision had been included in the state's two-year operating budget (House Bill 59) to re-authorize the use of $3 million to fund flood mitigation efforts in the Blanchard River Watershed. Without this renewal (originally authorized through House Bill 47, 129th General Assembly), the current funding would expire in June 2013."I am pleased that the state has not turned its back on this issue or the promises that were made during the last General Assembly," said Representative Sprague. "I have worked with our region's dedicated representation in the Statehouse, including Representative Lynn Wachtmann and Senator Cliff Hite, to ensure that the state fulfills its commitment to the watershed. I have the upmost confidence that Senator Hite will shepherd this through the Senate during their budget negotiations."
"We are deeply committed in the Statehouse to ensuring that Ohio comes through on its commitments to the watershed," said Senator Hite. "Representatives Sprague and Wachtmann have been diligent in their work in the Ohio House and I am ready to continue this worthwhile effort when the bill comes to the Senate next week. I am also grateful to Congressman Bob Latta for leading this charge on the federal level."
As was reported in the Putnam County Sentinel three weeks ago,the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) information to local officials by roughly the end of May. The TSP is the second decisional milestone during the feasibility study and reports where the Vertical Team agrees on the Project Delivery Team's (PDT) recommendation of a tentatively selected plan. It also proposes a way forward on developing sufficient cost and design information for the final feasibility study report.
House Bill 59 is expected to be voted out of the House of Representatives this week and will be brought up for immediate consideration by the Senate. Pursuant to the Ohio Constitution, the bill must be passed by both chambers and receive the Governor's signature by June 30, 2013