Senate District 20
Tim Schaffer
Schaffer Announces Capital Bill Funding for Local Projects in 20th Senate District
December 21, 2020
COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced the unanimous passage of the committee of conference report by the Ohio Senate today on Senate Bill 310 for capital appropriations throughout Ohio. Over $4.3 million in funds will be allocated for numerous projects throughout the 20th Ohio Senate District.

“I am excited that we are getting these funds out to some outstanding projects in the district,” Schaffer said. “This is some much needed great news for our local communities in a year that has been difficult for so many Ohioans.”

Following is the breakdown of all community projects Schaffer fought for funded under Senate Bill 310 in the 20th District:

Fairfield County - $900,000 total

  • Millersport Canal Restoration – Phase I; $250,000

  • Buckeye Lake Dredge; $200,000

  • Lancaster All-Abilities Playground; $150,000

  • Pickerington Area Soccer Association Facility; $150,000

  • Buckeye Lake Crystal Lagoon $75,000

  • Ohio Glass Museum; $40,000

  • Lancaster Festival; $35,000

Guernsey County - $1.15 million total

  • The WILDS Overlook Café; $500,000

  • The WILDS RV Park; $500,000

  • Antrim Community Center; $150,000

Hocking County - $275,000 total

  • Logan Theatre; $275,000

Morgan County - $275,000 total

  • Twin City Opera House; $100,000

  • Burr Oak State Park Lake to Lodge Accessible Trail; $100,000

  • McConnelsville Community Rec Building; $75,000

Muskingum County - $699,500 total

  • Muskingum University Health and Wellness Complex Supporting Program Partnerships with Zane State College; $200,000

  • Muskingum County Fair Grandstand Enhancement Project; $200,000

  • Zanesville Museum of Art; $107,500

  • Gant Stadium Renovation; $100,000

  • Stone Academy; $92,000

Pickaway County - $1.025 million total

  • Scioto River Bridge and Trail; $500,000

  • Pickaway County Memorial Hall; $125,000

  • Octagon House; $100,000

  • Pickaway County Historical Society Museum; $100,000

  • Circleville Ted Lewis Park; $100,000

  • Circleville Historic City Hall Improvements; $100,000

Projects that Schaffer fought for include the Muskingum University Health and Wellness Complex supporting program partnership with Zane State College. Muskingum University President Sue Hasseler said, “Muskingum University is privileged to have such strong support from state leaders who understand the value of post-secondary education. Our collaboration with Zane State College around health and wellness programming will have a powerful impact on our region and the state.”

The Board of the Pickerington Area Soccer Association, which Schaffer announced is receiving $150,000, said, “As our community population continues to grow, the parking lot, shared by soccer and other sports, becomes full often during the busy weekends of the spring and fall seasons. The provided funds will go a long way to help alleviate the parking and traffic concerns for PASA and its shared youth sports organizations. Plans include an entire additional overflow lot and will ensure the safety and capacity for the youth of Pickerington and surrounding areas to be able to play and grow with recreational soccer and other sports.”

Another project receiving funding is Burr Oak State Park, which will receive $100,000 for improvements for an accessible lake to lodge trail. Bob Garbo, President of Burr Oak Alive!, said, “Burr Oak Alive!, a Friends Group of Burr Oak State Park, is very appreciative of this funding from the Ohio Capital Budget. It will enhance the original State funding and our own local fundraising campaign, so the final issues of the Lake-to-Lodge Trail can be completed. This Trail will provide easier access for local citizens and visitors to the State Park, especially those with mobility issues. Burr Oak Alive! appreciates the positive support offered by our legislative representatives who believed in this project from ‘Day One’.”

Another project that Schaffer said will be funded is an expansion project at the Ohio Glass Museum. President of the Ohio Glass Museum, Mike Shook, said “Senator Schaffer has been a longtime supporter and advocate of the Ohio Glass Museum. These funds will allow us to proceed with the expansion of the museum and introduce new glass programs for education and the arts.”

To learn more about Senate Bill 310, click here.
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