Editorial: Everyone won
Surely, proponents of a proposed climbing facility inside the long-defunct downtown Worthington grain elevator couldn't have realistically been expecting much last week.
For as intriguing as the climbing facility is -- it certainly would be unique to the region, and no doubt attract some visitors -- even Jay Milbrandt and other advocates of what would be known as the Worthington Adventure Center must have known the city would never grant a financial request of up to $400,000 for the project.
Times, after all, are tough right now. We've dwelled repeatedly on these pages of the cost of local government aid reductions, and future LGA allotments still remain up in the air as this year's legislative session winds its way toward an uncertain outcome. The city's priority should be to protect public jobs and services, not assist a private enterprise or take on management of one.
Nevertheless, the Worthington City Council's action on April 25 bought something just as, or more, valuable to the Adventure Center project -- time.
By requiring current elevator owner Stuart Carleton to tear down the original wood portion of the elevator by May 15 and escrowing $40,000 toward demolition of the remainder of the facility -- and granting a one-year extension for complete demolition should the climbing facility project not happen -- it gives more time for the Adventure Center to attract additional private investors, grants and other monetary contributions.
A potentially good project, in other words, still has life ... and it isn't going to cost us taxpayers.