UP: Findlay voters, at least those on the Republican side, will have decisions to make three months from now in four different races. Three candidates will compete for the GOP nomination for Findlay mayor in the May 7 primary, and that winner will face a Democrat in the November general election. There also will be contested Republican races in May for the three at-large council seats, with the three at-large incumbents facing challenges from two other candidates. The top three vote-getters will move on. A pair of Republicans will also battle it out for the city’s 5th Ward and 1st Ward council seats. There’s nothing like contested races to pique interest in an election. We’d prefer, of course, that every race had more than one option and that more Democrats had filed, but realize the great commitment involved to run for any public office. Kudos to those who have stepped up already, as well as those still pondering a run as independent candidates in November. Reminder: Independents have until 4 p.m. May 6 to file for the general election ballot.
UP: Since 2016, the Hancock County Landfill has been taking on too much glass — much of it in the form of empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. But that bad practice may end now that the county has purchased a special rolloff container that will allow Litter Landing, the county-owned recycling center, to resume accepting glass containers, presumably later this year. No timetable has yet been released, but the development is good news for those who take recycling seriously. We all should, considering scientists estimate it takes at least a million years for glass to decompose.
UP: When it comes to flood control in the Blanchard River watershed, there has never been a shortage of ideas. One of the latest is being floated by John “Nate” Kloepfer of Vanlue, who has attended several Hancock County commissioners’ meetings in recent months. He suggests construction of a third reservoir near the existing two east of Findlay to help ease Blanchard River flooding. Why not? The third reservoir would be constructed north of the other two on Marion Township 208 and could be used to handle heavy rains, Kloepfer says. Then that reservoir could be drained into the other two to maintain their levels. That, in theory, would lower the river level and not allow as much floodwater to get to Findlay and Ottawa. We’re not sure if Kloepfer’s idea will fly, but we like the fact that we’re still brainstorming flood control. The downtown benching project, now underway near downtown Findlay, is one concept that had been proposed many years ago, only to be put on the shelf until it was resurrected last year. Who knows, perhaps Kloepfer’s reservoir proposal will one day make the cut, too.