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New bipartisan legislation will protect historic Village of Zoar

The new bill will preserve the village while any repairs made to its levee take place
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE


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Both Ohio Senators are sponsoring a bill to protect the historic village of Zoar in Tuscarawas County.

Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are backing a measure that would ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preserves the village while repairs are made to a nearby levee holding back the Tuscarawas River.

Sen. Rob Portman says protecting Zoar’s 200 year history is a top priority for the community.

Portman on the Zoar levee

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“The Army Corps is putting in place a new levee. And all we’re saying is as they develop the plans of that levee and put the levy in place, we want to protect the historic nature of that village. I think there’s a consensus in the community to do that and now we have bipartisan legislation to do that. So I’m hopeful that in Tuscarawas County and the village of Zoar that we’ll get a good result.”

The Army Corp has started a three year study on how best to repair the levee. 

The bipartisan bill requires a solution that does not include relocation or demolition of the historic village, options the Army Corp is considering.

Zoar is on the National Register’s list of 11 most endangered historic places in the country.

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