Spring Update from the BLRC, March 2021

Greetings. I hope that you and yours are well as we sail into the season of rebirth. The days get longer and warmer, plants wake up and another season of activity on Buckeye Lake lures us outside.

While all of us manage as best we can in uncertain times, the BLRC has continued to navigate issues that directly affect the quality of life in the Buckeye Lake Region. This newsletter addresses several key initiatives.  At the BLRC, our goal is to be an agent of positive change for the Buckeye Lake Region. Please Stay Well and Share Acts of Grace and Kindness.

Mike Fornataro, BLRC Executive Director.

The BLRC is actively pursuing many important issues that have a Regional impact:

COMMUNITY PIER & NORTH SHORE PARK RE-DEVELOPMENT

Envisioned as an economic incubator with amenities and public docking, the pier will offer a new way to enjoy the lake for residents and visitors. The concept illustrated here increases green space, adds a boat ramp and increases parking.  Follow this link to learn more and take a public survey which is open until April 4 https://www.buckeyelakepier.org/

THORN TWP “ADVISORY SERVICES”

The owner of 55 acres west of Honey Creek presented a development plan to Thorn Twp, which drew resistance from the community members and township officials. BLRC called a meeting to ask the neighbors to voice their concerns and share what they would like to see in a new development.

BLRC asked the Thorn Twp Trustees if they would support a BLRC task force of top-tier planners, designers and engineers to provide development recommendations. They chose to engage BLRC, and that is who BLRC worked for – not the developer. Please note that this was not a revenue stream; the BLRC spent thousands to provide this service.

View the presentation video and individual design concepts at: Planning Studies (blrc2036.org)

MAJOR BUCKEYE LAKE REGION FLOODING INITIATIVE

The BLRC has retained consultants to apply for a FEMA grant known as “BRIC”. The grant request addresses flooding along the Feeder Channel, Rt 360, No Name Creek, the South Fork of the Licking River, Perry County flooding south of Boundary Rd, and the flooding of I-70. If the grant request is successful, the improvements to general “quality of life” will be a game changer for the Region. The grant must be submitted in the Fall with successful applicants notified a few months after that.  This broad partnership of state agencies and the business community couldn’t happen without support from Licking, Fairfield and Perry counties.  BLRC thanks the commissioners.

 BUCKEYE LAKE AREA STAR SPANGLED TRADITION

Late last summer Tory Wolfe inquired if BLRC would be interested in assuming operation of the Buckeye Lake Region Tradition known as BLASST. Tory has led BLASST for decades, and the event is quite dear to her. BLRC has assumed the non-profit BLASST entity, and the new board consists of Ann Fornataro; Chair; Casey Clark, Secretary; Rich Smith, Treasurer; Lisa Stewart; Social Media and Andy Wolfe; Logistics. As the “Advisory Board”, Tory and past board members Charlie Prince and Erin West will guide the new board. Everyone that has enjoyed the fireworks owes a debt of gratitude to Tory and her board members. Learn more about the origins of BLASST by visiting www.buckeyelakebeacon.net/articles/blassts-past/. As the event draws near details will be posted on the BLASST and BLRC Facebook Pages.  Editor’s Note: A bequest from John W. Wolfe via the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation at The Columbus Foundation jump-starts BLASST’s annual community campaign to keep this Buckeye Lake tradition alive. His bequest provides the “seed money”, but your help is needed to keep BLASST alive. Please send your tax-deductible contribution, with checks made payable to BLASST, to: BLASST, PO Box 1524, Buckeye Lake OH 43008. All monies donated will support BLASST. Thank you for your support!

2021 BLRC BOARD MEMBERS: The BLRC Board of Trustees consists of your neighbors from all corners of the Buckeye Lake Region. Curious about is on the board? Check out the full roster at www.blrc2036.org/who-we-are.html

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OUR DONORS

These are but a few of the projects that the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation is working on every day. While grants may pay for projects, day-to-day expenses are supported by the generous donations of individuals and businesses. To see who is funding this important initiative, to donate or to learn more about what BLRC is doing, please visit www.BLRC2036.org. You are always welcome to email Mike Fornataro at mfornataro@buckeyelake2030.org

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