Shelby Council Votes Against Ending MWCD Discussions

  • 7/2/2018 11:04:28 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - In Monday night's Shelby City Council meeting, the council voted on a resolution to end discussions with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and their proposed Shelby Flood Reduction Project, ending with a vote that left two councilmen voting in favor of ending things as they are, and three councilmen that voted almost symbolically to continue discussion with the District, to indicate their unhappiness with how the District handled things. Councilman Nathan Martin made an impassioned statement during discussion of the resolution, commenting that the people of Shelby weren't given a real opportunity to explore their options for the project.

"Essentially, I was just expressing my complaints with the process," Martin said. "The citizens of Shelby weren't given their due say in the process. I wasn't speaking to the advocacy of the project, or whether the project should have been passed or not - I don't even think we're to that stage. We had promised our citizens that they would have town-hall meetings and discussion about a finalized project and that just wasn't able to come to fruition."

While the Council voted to continue discussions with the MWCD, the Conservancy District is still planning to shelve its plans indefinitely due to a lack of public support for dry-dam solutions.

"The MWCD has expressed that they're not going to go forward with the project whatsoever," Martin explained. "I don't expect really anything to happen from here on out. I think this (vote) was just us letting people know that we weren't happy with the process."

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