The local community should know that Johnstown made the front page of The Columbus Dispatch Metro Section on Sunday, March 21.

The local community should know that Johnstown made the front page of The Columbus Dispatch Metro Section on Sunday, March 21.

The article written by Licking County resident and Dispatch journalist Josh Jarman discusses the Perry L. Miles Estate. Last March, the Johnstown Independent featured Ohio Nature Education's (ONE) plan for the property to include wetlands, a nature center, trails and a place for our education animals to be on permanent display.

On May 16, 2009, the Johnstown Independent again ran an article which had the Miles Estate trustees rejecting our proposal.

More importantly it quotes those property trustees as saying that the community could see something as soon as the summer (2009). The trustees mentioned scholarships for Johnstown and Northridge students. I ask, where are these scholarships and where are those plans?

It took Ohio Nature Education less than a year to gather support, create partnerships and a master plan for the property and we have nowhere near the resources that the Miles Estate trustees do.

One does not need a law degree to interpret Perry L. Miles' will, which simply states that the property be maintained for the "religious, educational and recreational good and benefit to the residents of Johnstown, Liberty Township and the surrounding community."

This property belongs to our community and has for more than 40 years. However, calls and e-mails to the governing body go unanswered. Last fall, some Liberty Township residents attended a Liberty Township meeting to get a status report on the property.

According to Mr. Miles' will, the president of Liberty Township trustees automatically becomes a member of the Miles Estate governing body.

The Liberty Township president said she felt that this was not the place to comment on the property and that they should contact the Miles Estate trustee.

Ohio Nature Education is currently pursuing another piece of property where we plan to open a public facility. Unfortunately, that facility will not be in the Johnstown area, where we had planned to offer complimentary programs to the Johnstown and Northridge schools.

However, as a resident of this community, I vow to continue to follow the progress, or lack thereof, of the property left by a local war hero to ensure that his wishes are met.

If the public would like to get updates on the Miles Estate, please contact us through the Web site at www.ohionature.org.