Does anyone think there are too many businesses in Lisbon? Does anyone remember the concerns expressed by downtown business people when it was decided to build a government building outside the downtown area? Does anyone remember what an abandoned business can do to the view of a downtown area? Obviously the village of Lisbon, its mayor and its solicitor don't see any of that as much of a concern.
I kept asking myself those questions as I read the article about the problems of the Elkton Auto Corral in downtown Lisbon. Here is a successful business that voluntarily decided to relocate to Lisbon.
The village was certainly willing to charge it sewage service that it did not receive for a number of months. Unfortunately, it is not willing to assist in finding a way to quickly correct this situation.
A mayor, council and solicitor who want a thriving village would certainly be contacting the Ohio EPA, BP, Congressman Johnson and Senator Portman to add weight to the need for this situation to be rectified.
That same mayor, council and solicitor would want an attractive downtown area, another successful business that would add tax revenue, sewage income and additional business for other merchants.
It seems that is not important to the village of Lisbon's administration. Mayor Bing and Solicitor Barborak need to remember that they are public servants paid by the citizens of Lisbon to do what is best for the village of Lisbon. Their actions and comments in the article make them sound as though their time is too important to assist with this problem.
Meanwhile, if you live in Lisbon, you may have a huge abandoned business to see every day. Oh, and you may have to drive to Elkton, if you're looking for a good deal on an automobile.
Marilyn A. Parkes