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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today provided an update to the constituents of the 77th Ohio House District with homes on Buckeye Lake dam regarding an order by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to remove structures that encroach upon state’s dam property.

Last week, several lakefront property owners were informed by ODNR to remove porches, decks, or other structures—including homes or portions of home—or pay $1000 for an extension of time for five years. According to ODNR, the structures need to be removed to allow for the installation of a sidewalk along the edge of the dam.

“I spoke with ODNR on Tuesday,” said Schaffer. “The agreement we came to was that homeowners who possibly have encroachments that represent a significant financial cost to remedy should contact ODNR and negotiate with them to avoid destroying homes. When property owners contact ODNR, I recommend they do so by email via the contact information in the letter they received and copy me at”

“Further, I suggest they ask ODNR to consider altering the sidewalk design around their house due to the extreme cost to dismantle the encroachment,” Schaffer said. “Then I ask residents to follow up with me and let me know the resolution.”

If residents should have any further questions or concerns, they can contact Rep. Schaffer’s office at (614) 466-8100.

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