UP: Time will tell if Findlay officials will move forward with the bike path plans for Blanchard and Lincoln streets, but at least the public has had a chance, finally, to join the discussion. A story in Friday’s Courier (Page A1) reported that over half of those offering written comments on the project are opposed to it. But pro or con, the volume of comments, 205, posted on the city’s website (www.findlayohio.com) suggests many Findlay residents have an opinion about it. The opposition has apparently at least slowed down the project, which had once been scheduled to begin this fall. Instead, officials will be meeting with ODOT to see what, if any, alternatives may be available. We’re glad Mayor Christina Muryn posted all the comments online as part of the administration’s continuing effort to improve communication. It’s needed. We have to agree when Muryn said: “It is always beneficial to hear others’ opinions.”
UP: If you haven’t thought much about the Nov. 5 general election, maybe you should. First things first. Monday is the last day to register to vote. If you haven’t already, do that by visiting the Hancock County Board of Elections, 201 E. Lincoln St., or one of seven other locations in the county (see www.hancockboardofelections.com for the list). Next, early voting begins Tuesday. Between Oct. 8 and Nov. 4, either through an absentee ballot or by walking in to the board of elections office, voters will have 175 hours to vote. With that flexibility, no one can say they’re too busy to vote. Need to see what’s on the ballot? Check it out at the above website. Questions on election matters? Call 419-422-3245.
UP: Everyone deserves a second chance, even those with outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of Findlay Municipal Court. If you have a warrant, and more than 2,000 people do, it’s just a matter of time before the law catches up with you. But there’s no good reason to play that cat and mouse game. The court’s second annual “Safe Surrender Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Anyone who has a warrant can go to the municipal building to meet with court staff and judges, the public defender and prosecutor’s offices, Family Resource Center and other agencies in an effort to get the warrants cleared up. People will not be arrested when they arrive and someone who failed to report to jail will have a chance to reschedule their jail time for another date. Last year, 76 people showed up on Safe Surrender Day and 104 warrants were cleared. Even more should take advantage of the opportunity this time.
UP: If you were bored last weekend, you probably weren’t in Findlay, Ohio. Between the University of Findlay and Findlay High School homecomings, downtown’s Oktoberfest, and the Komen Race for the Cure on the south side, there was a little of something for everyone the first weekend of fall.
DOWN: If bikes are going to share space with cars and trucks on busy city streets, everyone will have to pay a little more attention to each other. In the past couple of weeks several accidents have occurred, resulting in injuries to bike riders. The fault hasn’t always been with motorists, either. Bike riders who share the road must abide by all traffic rules and laws, too. Come on, Findlay, we can do better with respecting each others’ rights to the road.