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ODNR: Indian Lake to get new dredge by mid-2014

State officials told dozens of concerned Indian Lake area residents and visitors during an open house Saturday that a new custom-made dredge is expected to be delivered by mid-2014.

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A dredge similar to the 57-ton “Brutus,” shown above at its April 2012 dedication ceremony on Grand Lake St. Marys, will be purchased for Indian Lake, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials. Indian Lake’s new dredge is expected to be in service by mid-2014. (PHOTO | CELINA DAILY STANDARD)

The three-hour event, hosted by Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials, offered a presentation about dredging activities at the lake, according to Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce president John Bodin.

Earlier this year, Logan County’s four state lawmakers — Senators Keith Faber, R-Celina, and Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, and Representatives John Adams, R-Sidney, and Robert Sprague, R-Findlay — worked to make sure $900,000 was included in the most recent $62 million state budget for the vessel.

Sen. Faber said money left over from the last budget will be used to pay for the new dredge. Additionally, four full-time crew members will operate Indian Lake’s new dredge.

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