Nick McWilliams reporting – A projected project to add to the Panhandle Passage could hinge on a grant from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

A trio of logjams in the area have caught the attention of Twin City administration, which prevent passage through waterways around the region.

Hoping to add another dynamic to the trail, Mayor Rick Dorland says that city administration have been working to garner additional funding.

“In order to have the paddle part of the trail, you need to clean [the water] up. We’ve been working on this since spring, and we met with Nate Quicksall from Quicksall Engineering, and he suggested that we look into an MWCD grant.”

Initially, it was believed a local group needed to obtain a 501c3 non-profit designation to apply for and acquire the funds.

However, Dorland says that upon further research, since the group has not received approval as a non-profit, it now comes down to Uhrichsville and Dennison applying for the money.

“It can be filed for by a 501c3. No one is a 501c3, so it has to go to the entities, Uhrichsville and Dennison. In order to do that, you have to come up with a cooperative agreement that each council would agree to to go for the grant.”

Dennison brought forth the same motion at their last council meeting, and moved it into committee

A September 1st deadline could cause issues, but Dorland says the process can be saved for next year, eventually paving the way for cleaner passages and eventually boat ramps and easier access.

The grant would fund an estimated $16,000 for cleaning.

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