The mystery was solved last week when Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon returned a telephone call I had made previously. I asked him how he knew Lima was among the sites being considered by Amazon for the fulfillment center that eventually ended up in his Toledo suburb. Lima officials said no one from Amazon contacted them, and were surprised a site in this region was under consideration.
MacKinnon’s answer provided an interesting glimpse into the world of economic development.
He said, “I was told by the site selection guy who worked with the developer that they looked at sites as far east as Sandusky, as far south as Lima, and as far west as Fort Wayne. They didn’t let anyone know the sites they were looking at. He said all of the sites would work, but they were not in love with them. They saw our inventory and it worked.
“All of their work was done in private with no government involvement. The sites were looked at and vetted. Landowners were contacted. The last people involved were local government. This was all explained to me after it was all done.”
On one hand you feel good Lima was among the top four sites being considered, only to remember that winner takes all in the economic development game.
Elsewhere in the news:
… Lima’s going to have one of its more interesting races for City Council this fall as all four incumbents have filed for re-election and all four face challengers. Peggy Ehora wants the seat held by Rebecca Kreher in the 4th Ward. Tony Wilkerson is challenging Sam McLean in the 2nd Ward. Cleven Jones wants Derry Glenn removed in the 6th Ward and Josiah Mathews has his eyes on Council President John Nixon’s job. Mathews faces the toughest job as Nixon has been a strong council president. The other three races could be wide open.
… An Ohio man who allegedly told Capitol Police he was proud of a Facebook post suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “should be shot” was arrested at his Toledo residence Thursday. Timothy James Ireland Jr., 41, was charged in U.S. District Court in Toledo with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats.
… A day after saying he would decline a White House invitation to join President Trump in Dayton, Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown reversed himself. He explained, “I wrestled with the right thing to do when Trump visits Dayton today. I decided I have a responsibility to look him in the eye and urge him to do the right thing.”
… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under severe pressure from Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, suggested Thursday that the Senate could look at a ban on assault weapons and that there’s Senate support for a move to expand background checks to nearly all gun sales.
Grapevine is a quick snapshot of items recently in the news. Contact Jim Krumel, editor of The Lima News, at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.