Community still upset with ODNR’s decision

By Ivy Potter - [email protected]

The Scioto County Commissioners met on Thursday for their regularly scheduled meeting in order to tend to business of the county.

Commissioners Mike Crabtree and Bryan Davis were in attendance, while Commissioner Cathy Coleman was absent.

During the Thursday morning meeting, one citizen present addressed commissioners with his concerns surrounding the Shawnee State Park Golf Course

“I would just like to know what’s going on out there,” West Portsmouth resident Johnson Battle said.

Commissioner Davis relayed to Battle that ODNR plans to use the former golf course as a recreational area for several new activities and campgrounds. Davis stated that the board of Commissioners as well as the State Representative, and others expressed to ODNR their wishes for the course to remain in operation, but those requests were denied.

“We have worked diligently for two years now to communicate the will and the voice of the people ODNR,” Davis said.

“So is it a done deal that they’re turning it into a trailer park?,” asked Battle.

“Not a trailer park, not a trailer park at all,” Davis answered. “What we have been told, they are changing the golf course to what we have been told luxury camping sites.”

“That’s just a cut below a trailer park,” Battle interrupted.”We can’t get no industry in here as it is, now we let ODNR come in and do a dumb trick to us like that, how we going to attract anything. You know, who’s going to come to a trailer park?”

Davis explained to Battle again that the decision was out of the commissioner’s hands and did passionately voiced the opinions of the residents of Scioto County. Davis also explained the commission has asked moving forward ODNR keep an open line of communication about the project so they can keep the residents informed.

“The bottom line is we did everything we could to stop that, we did. We voiced the will of the people the best that we could,” Davis said.

From the agenda, commissioners approved the minutes of Feb. 4 and approved a request for an appropriation of funds.

Commissioners also accepted communication from Portsmouth Municipal Court regarding EMHA (Electronic Monitoring and House Arrest) for Dec. of 2019, and notification from Community Action Organization (CAO) regarding community service block grant (CSBG) applications.

By Ivy Potter

[email protected]

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932