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Leisher Leader - August 2002
Susan E. Dicken Executive DirectorThe Board of Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks is proud to announce its selection for executive director after completing a comprehensive, nationwide search.The MetroParks' current development director, Susan E. Dicken, will become Mill Creek MetroParks' first female executive director on July 1, 2002, after being sworn in by the Honorable Timothy P. Maloney, Probate Judge of Mahoning County.
was selected from an outstanding pool of 70 highly qualified applicants from across the country.The Board of Park Commissioners retained the services of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
to coordinate the national talent search.The position was marketed through trade publications, newspapers in major Ohio markets, and professional employment web sites including the National Recreation and Park Association
.A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in park administration and recreation, Susan Dicken has 25 years of extensive experience in planning and development at state, regional, and local levels.A specialist in planning, grants, and public relations, she was hired by Mill Creek Park in 1985 and was promoted to development director in 1989.
Key accomplishments during Mrs. Dicken's 17-year tenure with the MetroParks
include:* Funding, development, and opening of the 11-mile MetroParks Bikeway.* Grants to conserve 295 acres of wildlife habitat throughout Mahoning County.* Establishment of the watershed action group AWARE
which obtained $600,000 in grants for improvements to water quality.* Grants for the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavilion, the Covered Bridge at Lanterman's Mill, the Roosevelt Community Center in Campbell, and the Kidston Pavilion in Fellows Riverside Gardens.* Recipient of the Partner in Conservation Award from the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District.
A native of Amsterdam, Ohio, Mrs. Dicken
grew up on a dairy farm.She
resides in Boardman with her
husband Chip and sons Evan and Scott.Her
interests include reading, biking, and hiking.
Between the Issues News
By that time , the delegation from Boardman , including Susan Dicken , director of development of Mill Creek Metroparks , had left the hearing.
Informed of Deming's offer , Dicken
expressed skepticism that the narrow width of such a path by the tracks instead of replacing the tracks would meet the standards needed to secure grants from the state departments of transportation and natural resources.She
did say that should the commission approve reactivating the rail , she
is willing to meet with Drake and other proponents.
Having had its offer of $419 , 360 certified Nov. 13 as bona fide by the Surface Transportation Board , the port authority has 55 days until Jan. 8 to meet with RVI
and negotiate a price.Drake said just before Thanksgiving that he
will meet with RVI principals , including David Handel , sometime the week of Nov. 29 , but declined to give a time or place.
Should the parties not agree on a price , one or both can ask STB , on or after Dec. 8 , to set a price.
Susan Dicken, executive director of Mill Creek MetroParks, said the village plans to apply for a loan through the Ohio EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides assistance for projects, such as sanitary sewers and water lines. The EPA
then ranks the project according to how much it will improve water quality in the area.
Government entities from all over Ohio will compete for the loan money, Dicken
said the EPA
has a companion program called the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program that offers political subdivisions a lower-interest loan if they agree to sponsor a grant application aimed at improving the environment.
Park districts cannot sponsor themselves for a grant. Dicken
said in order for the sponsorship loan-grant program to work, the park district's project has to be ranked high enough to get the EPA grant, and Lordstown must get its loan approved.She
said the park needs $1.6 million for its expansion project, noting the grant amount would be determined by the value of Lordstown's loan.
The village estimates the sewer project will cost between $6 million and $10 million and its interest rate could be reduced an additional 0.1 percent if the sponsorship program is approved.The village then would go through the normal bidding process for its sewer project.
‘‘When we approached the village about this sponsorship program, they were extremely receptive and have been a pleasure to work with," Dicken
said Mill Creek MetroParks
wants to purchase 188 acres of land at Tippecanoe and Western Reserve roads in Boardman to preserve approximately 100 acres of Category 3 wetlands located there.
‘‘This is the largest parcel of undeveloped land left in Boardman and it is imperative we obtain it for several reasons.First, to protect the wetlands and natural habitat.Second, to help the park district expand from the Mahoning River to Western Reserve Road," Dicken
‘‘This acquisition will improve the environment, lessen the impact of storm water runoff and assist Boardman with its flooding issues."She
said the park district purchased 117 acres north of this parcel earlier this year.She
said the newest acquisition is planned for 2007 and would bring the Mill Creek MetroParks
total area to 4,300 acres, including the bikeway, creeks, wildlife preserves and experimental farm.Mill Creek Park has a presence in seven townships and three cities in Mahoning County.
Even if the EPA
loan-grant program is not approved, Dicken
said the park district will find alternative funding sources to acquire the property.
‘‘We are turning over every rock to find the money for this acquisition.It is a critical piece of property and it must be saved to preserve the health and welfare of the community," she
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Also, we encourage communities to contact Susan Dicken of Mill Creek MetroParks at (330) 702-3000 or Trish Nuskievicz of the Trumbull County Planning Commission at (330) 675-2529 for WRRSP project ideas.
EASTGATE | Newsletters - Spring 2001: MRC Members Show Off Our Watershed
Susan Dicken, Director of Development for Mill Creek MetroParks, spoke about the progress of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway as participants got a chance to see the spectacular, new Davis Visitors Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Finally, the bus drove through the premiere Brownfield Site in the Mahoning Valley, the Mahoning River Corridor of Opportunity (MRCO).