Water department, park district work together for grant

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Clermont County Water Resources Department and the Clermont County Park District are collaborating on a grant application that could fund a new park in the county.

Commissioners approved the grant application during their Feb. 19 meeting.

Lyle Bloom, director of utilities at the water resources department, said the grant is through the Clean Ohio Fund.

“The grant funds up to 75 percent of the purchase price,” Bloom said.

Bloom said the property is located in Pierce Township in a floodplain that boarders Ten Mile Creek.

“The property is the former Sky Valley Golf Course,” Bloom said.

Bloom said water resources would fund the remaining 25 percent of the purchase price.

He said water resources is interested in the property because it is within a wellhead protection area.

“It would benefit water resources as well if it were preserved as open space to compensate our wellhead protection,” Bloom said.

Bloom said as part of the grant the property would be available to the public as open space.

He said once they figure out if they have received the grant they will decide exactly how the property will be used.

“If the grant is not received, there is not another plan at this time,” Bloom said.

He said the Clean Ohio Fund should notify the county if they have received the grant within four to six weeks.