I find it amusing the MetroParks Board is so concerned about the planting of crops near an area they reserve for wildlife. Come on guys, farming and wildlife have coexisted here forever. The farm crops, fertilizer and all, have always supplied substance for a thriving wildlife population.
It is interesting the amount of money we as taxpayers have spent in the MetroParks' surge to acquire property in this county. Least we forget, the taxpayers voted no to their request to a tax levy to acquire Edison Woods and then they went behind our backs and got the money allowing taxpayers to pay for it through state taxes. Now they are looking to grants to purchase the Wakefield Estate in Vermilion. Since the Clean Ohio Bill passed and that fund is backed through taxes we pay, again we may be footing the bill. Our tax money guarantees the bonds issued on the Clean Ohio Fund.
It has been one problem after another; and again it seems as if what they said is not what they meant. They are proving to be questionable stewards of land that is so vital to the well being of the county tax base. I keep wondering where the school boards, township trustees and town and village elected officials are when it comes to the loss of taxable land. A county this size does not need the amount of land now held in the parks system. You may be losing your house, but by golly you've got a park to pitch a tent in - if that's even allowed.
Perhaps the park board needs to be relieved of the ability to acquire further acreage by any means without taxpayer authorization. It's time we knew the financial costs upfront for the land, the upkeep and the lawyers.