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Stark County resident Richard J. Pryce attended his last MWCD board meeting in his official capacity as board of director after serving faithfully for the maximum permitted two five-year terms.
Pryce was instrumental in directing the organization through implementation of the maintenance assessment, oil and gas leasing opportunities and strategic planning, which included the $120 million master plan for MWCD parks and campground capital improvements.
Executive Director John Hoopingarner presented Pryce with a commemorative photo of the first major project completed in the master plan, the Atwood Welcome Center.
"The organization has come a long way," stated Price. "I've enjoyed every minute of it. We have accomplished a lot, we have a wonderful staff, and I wish you well, and I look forward to seeing the master plan completed."
The entire MWCD organization gives thanks and appreciation to Pryce's service and wish him well.
The vacant board position will be filled by the 18 judges assigned to the Conservancy Court, which meets June 2.
The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in the State of Ohio.
The District includes 18 counties and covers 8,000 square miles which is 20% of the state. The District's 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $11.9 billion of potential property damage from flooding, per the federal government.
In addition, over 5.5 million customers a year use the District's recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region's economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio's residents.
For more information about the MWCD visit www.mwcd.org.