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City of Fremont still hasn't reached a decision on whether or not they will
allow boaters onto the city's new reservoir, but if they don't, it could cost
the city millions of dollars.
their meeting Thursday, Mayor Jim Ellis proposed a new ordinance that would
prohibit gas-powered boats from going onto the water for any recreational use,
even though the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) built a boat ramp
at the reservoir for that purpose.
officials have been wary of allowing gas-powered boats to go out onto their
pretty confident that a large majority of people in Fremont don't want the risk
of gas and oil getting into the water," Ellis said.
task of building the reservoir has been an arduous one. Problems have included
going over budget, and the contractor leaving the project. But the reservoir
was built to eliminate high nitrate levels from the river.
feel that after spending, you know, $44 million on the construction of the
reservoir, that we shouldn't substitute petroleum products for the nitrates
that we spent all that money to avoid," the mayor said.
$5 million of that money came from the ODNR through a boater angler fund. A
representative from ODNR said if Fremont does not allow boaters on the water
for fishing, the department will be asking for that $5 million back.
ordinance will be voted on at the council's Aug. 15 meeting.