WTOL Editorial: No water -- what gives, Mayor?

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

This editorial was shot on site, across from Toledo Express Airport.

We're on the north side of Airport Highway, just across from the airport. If Northwest Ohio is going to become the international distribution hub that saves our economy, this property must be developed. There must be warehouses, assembly plants, improved rail service and a special access road to the turnpike.

All of that can happen. But first, this side of the highway needs water. Remember, no company is going to invest if the water and utilities aren't available.

So why has Mayor Finkbeiner refused for more than 2 years to sign a petition granting approval to provide city water? He owes us an explanation.

The landowners absorb the cost of the lines, so it's not about expense. Maybe the mayor thinks once the water is provided he'll lose control of the project. Or even worse, that he may not get the credit.

Too bad. Developing this land and creating the international distribution hub may be the key to prosperity. But we'll never know if we don't get the water.

Let's end this frustration. Take a minute out of your day and call Mayor Finkbeiner. Tell him to sign the petition. Tell him you want the water. Tell him you want development, commerce and jobs.

This is simple.  The Mayor should sign for the water, or pay the political price for offering you nothing.

Posted by KO