UP: At last, the Interstate 75 widening will soon be upon us. Although that’s good news, most people will be glad when all the commotion has moved south. But that will take a while. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation timeline, the project will begin March 20 and won’t be completed until late May 2020. The project will take place from just south of Harrison Street/Hancock County 144, which is just south of the U.S. 68/Ohio 15 interchange, and continue north to the County Road 99 interchange. A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive West, for anyone who wants more details. For motorists, the most important thing to remember the next three years will be to have patience when moving through the I-75 construction zone. Slow down, or better yet, find an alternate route until the orange barrels are gone. This too, shall pass.
UP: Bob Kuhlman wore his opinions on his sleeve and offered them freely to anyone who would listen. Kuhlman, who died recently while wintering in Florida, would listen to others, but would speak up if he didn’t agree with what was being said. Or, he’d write a letter to the editor, questioning a city or county official’s decision or action. Kuhlman considered politics a hobby, and he played it hard. He served as a Findlay councilman, councilman-at-large, chairman of the finance committee, president of council, and ran for mayor and county commissioner. A licensed psychologist, Kuhlman was past president of the Hancock County MR/DD, now the Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was passionate about politics because he cared about Findlay and wanted to make it a better place. Every community needs more citizens like Bob Kuhlman.
UP: Findlay may only be a dot on the map, but it seems to find its way into the spotlight more often than most small cities. The latest example came last week when Findlay was named, for the third straight year, the top “micropolitan” city out of 575 cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 in the country. Site Selection magazine picked Findlay due to 22 projects, including plant expansions at Whirlpool and Mennel Milling. Just those projects accounted for over $50 million in capital improvements. The credit for the No. 1 ranking, though, should be shared by city and county leaders and among each and every business. Findlay has its issues, like every city small and large. But the recognition suggests it’s doing far more right than wrong when it comes to business.