THE FATE of the mine training center in Cadiz has been a topic of much debate for months.
The center plays big into the safety factor for miners. It also is a boost to the Harrison County economy.
It is also targeted for closure.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, however, is coming up big for Eastern Ohio. The ODNR has announced that is has secured $2 million to build a new state-of-the-art mine training center.
That good news gets even better as the facility will be built here in Eastern Ohio. It was feared that a new center was going to be relocated outside the area, with the Cambridge or Zanesville locales under consideration.
The new mine training center will include a simulated underground room and pillar coal mine, training rooms and space to hold federally required mine safety competitions.
ODNR earns our praise for keeping the best interests of Eastern Ohio in mind when making such an important decision.
Moreover, it soliciting the input from community and business leaders suggesting potential locations for the new center.
Proposals for potential locations for the new center should be submitted to the Department by Tuesday, July 15. ODNR is looking for approximately 10-15 acres with enough space for a building to house classrooms, the new mine simulator and ample level terrain to hold mine safety competitions.
State Sen. Lou Gentile and State Rep. Jack Cera championed the cause of keeping a new mine training facility local. Without their passionate and vigilant lobbying, such a favorable outcome may have not been forthcoming.
With its decision, ODNR ensures continued quality mine safety training in a dangerous business while also taking into the economic benefits of Eastern Ohio.