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Bill proposes to protect historic village
Bill introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown yesterday

Simon Husted

Legislation introduced in Congress would protect a national historic village in Tuscarawas County from flooding.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is studying options to repair a weakened levee that surrounds the nearly 200-year old village of Zoar. Options include fixing the levee costing more than 100-million dollars, moving buildings to higher ground or letting the village flood.

If passed, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s bill would require the Corps to preserve the entire village.

Jon Elsasser is the president of the Zoar Community Association and says he’s happy to learn about the new bill.

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“We’re confident that ultimately all of the decision-makers will recognize that the significance of Zoar, historically and culturally, is important and their final decision will reflect that,” Elsasser says. 

Elsasser says the Corps. Of Engineers is expect to finish its three-year study by late 2014.

Zoar is on the National Register of Historic Places and was recently added to the list of 11 most endangered historic places in the country. It currently has about 200 residents. 

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