State Rep. Patterson Announces Funding For Ashtabula River Dredging
State funding to benefit tourism near Lake Erie
August 20, 2013
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COLUMBUS –State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) along with Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere announced today 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.

“The dredging that these funds will provide for is much needed and will allow for easier access to our Great Lake,” said Rep. Patterson. “It is also an example of the good that can come of public and private partnerships. I am proud of the work we all did in making this project a reality. 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.”

Along with Brockway Marina and Ashtabula Recreation Unlimited, the Ashtabula Civic Development Corporation, the City of Ashtabula, the Ashtabula City Port Authority and the Ashtabula County Port Authority helped fund the local match of $70,000.00.

Manager Timonere said, “We are extremely proud to be involved in this public/private project and want to thank all the entities who helped make this possible. Mary Church, our Project Administrator, worked extremely hard to make this happen and with the help of Rep. Patterson maneuvering this through Columbus, we hope to begin dredging before fall. This project will greatly improve accessibility to the southern end of the river.”

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