Erie County commissioners seem to have a lot of dreams these days and apparently the cash to back them up.
I refer to recent stories about a new industrial park in Milan Township on Huron Avery Road to support businesses that will flock to Erie County if NASA begins to expand. I believe the total cost for that project was a little less than a half million dollars.
Now Erie County wants to run a sewer line down U.S. 250 at a cost of $5 million to $6 million. Commissioner Bill Monaghan states, "The idea is to extend the sewer down to the Ohio Turnpike, and then actually go east and west on Mason Road. When the airport is built -- we're thinking positive -- we would have the infrastructure to support whatever we need for industry we know is going to be coming."
There's no guarantee that business will grow with NASA expansion. There is also no guarantee that an airport to be built at NASA. What about the new industrial park on Huron-Avery Road? Who is planning to build there except for the new County Court? Why expand sewers on Mason Road at a great cost to the few residences that presently exist? Is the plan to extend sewers down Mason Road just another ploy to expand the Erie County dump?
Even with all that extra cash, Erie County refuses to work within existing commercial land areas and help existing manufacturing enterprises grow by granting financial incentives. Erie County just plans on making new commercial land areas and spending money to extend sewers to vacant land without any guarantees for commercial development.
We don't need more commercial land areas; we need more manufacturing to fill the existing areas that already have the expensive infrastructure in-place to support manufacturing.
Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but it's a whole lot better to have realistic dreams based on logic and reason.
Mark F. Bohne