Most people won’t get excited by the news that Findlay will be spending $1.4 million this year to extend a waterline north to the county landfill, or spending a similar amount on a “bar screen” to help separate solids at the sewage treatment plant.
But the fact that the city is addressing its improvement needs and developing a long-term plan to implement them is good. Infrastructure is one of the best investments government can make.
In recent years, many projects, such as those above, have been put on hold while officials juggled tight budgets.
With finances now in better order, the city this week introduced a list of projects it would like to start this year.
The projects and debt repayment will add up to $33.4 million. That’s up about $4 million from last year.
Some of the projects would be more visible than others. One is the painting and repairing of the south-end water tower, for example. The replacement of the Kiddie Corral rubber surface at Riverside Park is another.
Road projects also will be hard to miss. Residents should be forewarned: There will be more orange barrels. Administrators want to spend $1.85 million on street maintenance and repaving.
Millions more will be allocated to other things that most people take for granted: water and sewage. Several major waterline and storm sewer projects are on the list.
There are smaller ones as well, like a study to improve traffic flow at Blanchard and Sixth streets, and the addition of new fields near The Cube.
Another proposal, which would result in pedestrian and traffic improvements within the Downtown Findlay Improvement District, would enhance the revitalization of the downtown area. Two long-needed ditch maintenance projects may finally get done this year, too.
The city’s cost of cleanups of the Dalzell and Oil ditches could run $450,000, but should help improve the flow of water in both during flooding. Ditch cleaning is a responsibility of the county, but with the city willing to pay much of the cost, we would hope the projects finally get completed.
City Council must still approve the funding request and may have to weigh in on certain projects. Public input could influence which ones move forward and which are cut. But the fact that capital improvements are being debated is another indication the city is moving forward again.
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