Proposed Changes to Flood Legislation

by Kelly Choate on February 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

The Muskingum County Commissioners are giving the public an opportunity to voice its concerns regarding flood legislation.

The commissioners were recently informed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that enforcement of the special purpose flood reduction resolution was found to be deficient.  On Thursday, Floodplain Administrator Ray Mennega sat down with the commissioners to go over the necessary changes.

"Previously, in our fee schedule, we just noted that any structural development was a certain fee, and some structural development is of the nature where it’s a whole new house, or where there has been substantial damage that involves 50% or more of the market value of the structure," said Mennega.  "That’s what we call substantial damage, and in those circumstances, when the house is re-built or in a condition where it can be inhabited, then that would involve substantial improvement, and they have to comply with current regulations."

ODNR has also made the determination that the mineral resources management division will regulate floodplain development activity and issue permits.

"Any of the new development and drilling activity in this area in the floodplain will require a floodplain permit, but it will not be issued by Muskingum County," said Mennega.  "It will be issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources."

Another public hearing will be held on March 1st at 3 p.m. at the commissioners’ office.