Conneaut Lake Park Trustees Resign

June 12, 2014 - Changes are coming to the Conneaut Lake Park Board of Trustees.

This, after a Crawford County judge signs a settlement between the state Attorney General's Office and the trustees.

The seven park board trustees submitted their resignations effective today.

This comes after the Attorney General says they mismanaged the park, putting them in a position where they could have faced legal trouble.

Judge Anthony Vardaro approved a consent decree today submitted by the trustees who were facing more than $900,000 in back taxes.

The trustees appointed four new board members before today's resignation -- they are from the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

The next step is for those four new trustees to appoint up to four or five other members to complete the board.

All of this stems from the attorney general's office filing a petition in October of 2013 asking the trustees to account for the park financially since they took over in 2007.

Former chairperson Jack Moyers said the last seven years on the board have been a great ride, but following the latest civil lawsuit, it was time to step down and hand the park over to others.

The new board of trustees are Bill Bragg, Paul Huber, Denny Watson and Joe Ledford. They will be responsible for coming up with a way to repay the more than $900,000 in back taxes.

According to Mark Turner from the EPA, The members of the board are expected to submit a proposal to the Crawford County commissioners on how they will repay those taxes.

The former trustees had insurance to pay for the court fees. $20,000 will go to the state and the other $180,000 will go to the new trustees who are able to do what they wish with the money.

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