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Appleseed park levy not good business

I have noticed many signs around town supporting the Johnny Appleseed park levy stating it does not include new millage. After having thought about it, I find I cannot support the levy. From a selfish standpoint, I do not believe I have ever been to a Johnny Appleseed park, so even if they went away, it would not bother me.

But the primary reason for writing is due to the lack of support for the Lima City Parks by the Appleseed District. If I am not mistaken, a few years ago Mayor Berger proposed giving the Lima City Parks to the Appleseed District along with the money the City used to run the parks. If memory serves me correctly the Appleseed folks, for whatever reason, declined the offer. In my mind joining the two park districts makes perfect sense and could eliminate many duplicate expenses. Plus it shows a spirit of cooperation.

In addition, some city residents have no vehicle or other way of getting to the Appleseed Parks, which are outside the City limits, to enjoy them. Why should they have to pay for parks they have no way of using?

Joining the two districts would be another way of displaying unity in the region. The sheriff and the chief of police have done a great job of showing unity. Why canít the Appleseed District accept Mayor Bergerís proposal (if it is still on the table) and show another attempt at unity in the region? Lets face it, whether we live within the cityís boundaries or in the adjoining townships, we are all Lima residents and we should act that way.

ó Tim Connell, Lima

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