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Bresler Reservoir

needs lights, benches

A couple of thoughts as I join the many people who enjoy getting their exercise at Bresler Reservoir, just west of Lima.

FIRST: the lights in the Bresler parking lot have been burnt out for over four months. The city informs us fixing the lights are AEPs responsibility and AEP tells us it is the city that is responsible for fixing the lights. Between the city officials and the AEP executives there is about a half-million dollars in salaries of people hired to solve problems — yet! — we have no lights at the Bresler parking lot.

Solution: One of the parties look up the contract for the lights and decide who is responsible for fixing them—that should take about a half-hour.

SECOND: Place benches around Bresler Reservoir. Why? For the old people.

I walk Bresler every morning, sometimes Williams Reservoir or Kendrick Woods. I remember meeting an old soldier who landed at Normandy Beach during D-Day who walked Bresler every day. It would take him two hours, but he loved walking in the morning. Often I would find him sitting in the grass resting and waiting for a passer-by to help him get back up on his feet. John just couldn’t make it all the way around the reservoir during his later years when he was well into his 80s—but the highlight of his day was the walk.

John died last year. Let’s put benches up in memory of John and Lima’s elderly.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the city would place benches on the reservoirs so the old people could enjoy the water and the birds? We could even get Eagle Scouts to build and install them for their Scout project—and it would cost us nothing.

— Donald E. Zlotnik, Lima

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