Conneaut Lake Park Officials Consider Plan for Park

June 17, 2014 - It's back to the drawing board as officials work to revitalize a once thriving Conneaut Lake Park.

The new Conneaut Lake Park board of trustees proposed its plan to repay the back taxes and revitalize the park.

The commissioners, two townships and one school district have not decided yet on the plan.

Mark Turner from the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County - representing the trustees - said they will put a down payment of $100,000 on the $900,000 plus in back taxes.

They'd also like the amount owed in back taxes to be frozen to avoid interest and penalties.

And if a judge were to decide to have the fire insurance from the burned down beach club go to the trustees - that money would be put toward the back taxes.

The plan is to have the park back on track financially within four years -- as long as all taxing bodies are on the same page.

A public hearing is set for June 25th and 6 p.m. at the Conneaut Lake Fire Hall.

A date for all the taxing bodies to talk about the plan has yet to be set up.

But Turner said after paying back the taxes, they plan to pump $10 to $15 million to get the park back to its heyday.

If the park is sold at the sheriff’s sale on September 26th, Crawford County Commissioner Jack Lynch said it would be “game over.”

EPA would not be involved anymore and the future of the park and what's developed there would be up to whoever buys the property.

Turner said he would understand if the other groups wanted their back taxes after they've waited so many years.

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