DOWN: Unless one is in the inner circle, there’s no credible way to know what’s going on behind the scenes in Findlay’s Argyle building development project. We’ll assume for the moment everything is moving forward and the devil is in the details concerning the acquisition of the city’s publicly-owned parking lot. We don’t know, though, because the once fast-tracked push to get the parking lot sold by the end of May is now on hold before Findlay City Council. The last time the public was briefed was before council went into executive session to discuss the matter, then council went silent without providing an explanation. The proposed sale has been tabled the last two council meetings without comment. We won’t speculate here, but we suspect a lot of people are. So what’s up? Is there a legal problem with the proposed sale agreement? Did the appraisal come back at a higher price than the developer is willing to pay? City leaders owe the public some sort of explanation. The parking lot, after all, belongs to taxpayers.
UP: Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s proposal to create a new fund to help address the state’s most pressing social and public health challenges continues to gain traction. This week, the Senate passed its version of the state budget containing language to establish the ResultsOHIO pay for success fund. If created, a private entity enlisted to address certain challenges, like the opioid epidemic, infant mortality, or lead poisoning, would bear all upfront costs of services provided through the duration of a particular project, but would be reimbursed through the fund if they met certain performance measurements. Legislation to create the fund has already been introduced in both the House and Senate. The broad support suggests ResultsOHIO would be a good tool for the state and once established, a feather in cap for Findlay’s Sprague, who is in his first year in the treasurer’s office.
DOWN: This area’s wet and cool spring has been exceptionally hard on farmers, many of whom still haven’t gotten into their fields. But ag isn’t the only industry hurting from the weather. Area golf courses have yet to hit stride and business at swimming pools can only be described as lukewarm at best. Some pools haven’t even opened. Meanwhile, most homeowners and yard care companies are struggling to keep up with the grass and weeds. More baseball games have been canceled than played. Gardens still need to be planted. Need we go on? Good riddance to spring. Let’s hope summer lives up to its past reputation.