A DOUBLE STANDARD?

This letter is in regard to Matthias Leguire, 830 E. Sandusky St., and a letter he received from the Zoning Department on June 8, and the inappropriate handling of a zoning variance for his privacy fence.

The letter ordered him to mow the grass in his back meadow.

“Failure to comply will result in having the weeds cut by an agent of the City of Findlay. The cost incurred to have the violation corrected will be entered on the tax duplicate as a lien on this property … This includes a $150 administrative fee. Additionally, you may be prosecuted … for each and every day the property remains in violation…. The violation must be completed within five days after the service of this notice.”

These are not the promises that Mayor Lydia Mihalik and City Council made at the May 15 City Council meeting.

Councilwoman Holly Frische asked about larger lots, one acre or more, and Mihalik told her, mentioning my son’s property specifically, that amendments would be added to address these exceptions. Were threatening letters what the mayor had in mind?

Matthias and his family have planted gardens and hundreds of trees with the tall grass serving many purposes, including flood control, an area in which the zoning committee has dramatically failed.

This fiasco is causing me to question the competency of the current administration. Matthias was told by Todd Richard that the city would not oppose the 3.5-foot variance he needed to keep his fence up. However, the city did oppose it and the fence was ordered down in the middle of winter.

Then, at a meeting on May 31 with the mayor and her staff, it was discussed that Matthias should be refunded the $250 that he spent in vain on the promised variance. However, instead of a check, he received the letter stated above.

The city itself does not maintain its properties by the standards they create for “commoners.” Businesses apply for huge variances in zoning and these are granted, costing us the price in flood damage.

Why are you picking on families and choosing corporations?

Renee Leguire

Findlay

 

DEVELOPER SHOULD PAY THE BILL

I find it admirable that the Hancock County commissioners are addressing the drainage problem of the Western Meadows Subdivision, but find it interesting that the developer’s name is never mentioned.

I assume that this development was submitted, reviewed and approved for construction based on current engineering design standards.

If so, then why isn’t it performing as it should, and should not the developer be held liable for any remedy that is required?

I understand that some downstream construction along County 140 has already been completed by the county and that in order to connect Western Meadows it is necessary to obtain a right of way over and through private property.

I also understand that some strong-arm tactics are being employed to intimidate the property owners into granting this right of way. It seems to me that this borders on the illegal taking of property.

If this right of way is needed, then why not purchase it, as it would be an inconsequential sum when compared to the construction costs for this project.

Come on, commissioners let’s be neighborly and fair and maybe even try to get the developer to pay for this.

Don Kinn

Findlay

 

EDUCATION IS KEY ON SUGAR ISSUE

A June 9 column in the Courier’s Weekend section, “How much sugar are we drinking?” touched on an important topic.

Ohio’s beverage companies agree that people should be mindful of the sugar they consume, which is why we are offering more products with reduced or zero sugar and smaller portion sizes.

However, it’s important to note that beverages with sugar account for only 6 percent of calories in the average diet and calories from added sugars in soda are down 39 percent since 2000.

Government data shows obesity has been going up steadily for years while soda consumption has been going down steadily. Shouldn’t obesity rates have gone down with the reduction in soda consumption if the two are connected?

As companies with deep roots in Ohio and thousands of employees and customers, we care about the health and the prosperity of our communities. That’s why fierce rivals Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are working together with public health and government officials to increase consumer education and expand access to low- and no-calorie beverage options on grocery shelves throughout Ohio.

We’re doing this by using our resources to guide consumers toward beverages with less sugar. And we’re tapping our strengths in marketing, innovation and distribution to encourage people looking to manage their consumption of added sugars to try lower-calorie options.

We are providing more choices with reduced and zero sugar, clear calorie labels on the front of all of our products, and encouragement to cut back on sugar and calories from beverages with calorie awareness signs on company-controlled vending machines, fountain equipment and retail coolers nationwide.

Initiatives like these are what will drive true and lasting change here in Ohio and across our nation.

Kimberly McConville

executive director

Ohio Beverage Association

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