What is this new thing Lima City Council is being asked to approve? A “downtown outdoor refreshment area.” Or, DORA, for short.
It does sound better than calling it a “designated area downtown where one can go outside with a burger and brew and visit with old friends.” Or, DAD-WOC-GOW-ABA-BAV-WOF, for long.
Anyway, Lima’s thinking about getting one of those things.
So, what do you think?
Downtown Lima Inc. believes this could be the long-awaited magnet to lure people back to the heart of the city. It does sound like fun. And it sure beats the idea pitched way-back-when of building an indoor ice rink to attract the multitudes. Remember that one? If not, don’t worry. It’s best forgotten.
Back to DORA.
It’s not an original idea, but it has the makings of a good one. Toledo, Canton, Chillicothe, Hamilton, Fairborn, Delaware and Tiffin all have one, to name a few places in Ohio. Toledo even has a nifty logo to go with its DORA. The inside of the letter “D” is three-quarters filled with beer.
Should Lima join the team? If so, city council will need to hand down rules. The various cities each have their own way of doing things.
Some rules, questions and possible answers council may want to entertain:
• The cup. This is the center of all DORA rules. Each establishment must have their own specially designed throw-away cup which can be filled only by their bartenders.
• Q: Does this mean you cannot take an empty DORA cup into a business and reuse it?
A: A cup must be tossed with each drink you finish.
• Q: But isn’t that wasteful, anti-green and so not-Democrat?
A: Let’s just concentrate on throwing your cup inside the trash can, not beside it.
• Q: Can people walk anywhere with their DORA cup?
A: Only if they want to get cited for open container. Remember, this is about designated drinking areas.
• Q: Can you bring in your own alcoholic beverage, pour it into a DORA cup, and walk around in the DORA?
A: You can’t be serious.
• Q: Is the DORA just for the beer and wine crowd, or will “spirituous” drinks be available?
A: You mean booze. Council will decide if you’re able to drink a hot toddy outside while singing Christmas carols.
• Q: How does a beer joint (I mean “establishment”) join this DORA?
A: That, too, is a question for council to decide. As they say in Rotary, it will need to be fair to all concerned. We don’t want any calls from Ray Magnus saying the rules were bent to exclude him.
• Q: What about security?
A: What about it? Everyone is going to be on their best behavior at all times.
• Q: And do you get a ticket-free driving pass home?
A: Repeat after me: designated driver.
• Q: Do we have to call it a DORA? It sounds so feminine. Can’t we just call it a DAD-WOC-GOW-ABA-BAV-WOF?
ROSES AND THORNS: That’s coffee you’re smelling in the rose garden.
Rose: Being blind didn’t keep Wayne Schwartz from opening the Lima coffee shop, “Light on the Corner.” Schwartz said he was raised by parents who had the “work ethic that nothing is going to come to you for free.”
Rose: To James Bookman, of Lima. He wrote to The Lima News about filing his taxes, stating, “I do not know what is harder to understand: the book of Revelation in the Bible or the IRS tax forms.”
Rose: To Jan and Thad Jesko, of Cairo. They built a handicap ramp for their elderly neighbors, Jim and Karen King, after seeing them struggle to get up the stairs to their house.
Rose: To Mike Steiner and Kevin Gratz, who are retiring after 38 years of ownership and tremendous customer service at Lima Lumber.
Thorn: To the subpar trash collection service that residents in the poorer sections of Lima say they have been receiving from Rumpke, the trash hauler who bought out Wright Refuse in 2019.
Thorn: The 20-year career of the Lima police Lt. Andy Green ended on a sour note. Green retired after being placed on administrative leave since October for posting a photo that allegedly was negative toward detectives.
PARTING SHOT: Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.