Editorial: Enrich the lakeAsk most people what Worthington’s greatest asset is, and the answer will come quickly — Lake Okabena.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
Ask most people what Worthington’s greatest asset is, and the answer will come quickly — Lake Okabena.
That’s why it’s important all of us — in particular, the Worthington City Council — do what it can to ensure the healthy future of our community’s jewel.
Earlier this month, members of the Okabena-Ocheda-Bella Clean Water Partnership joint powers board voted unanimously to request $2 million in legacy funds (from the city’s 2008 sale of Worthington Regional Hospital) be dedicated to Lake Okabena and Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District projects. The request now awaits approval by Worthington’s council.
The $2 million, it should be stressed, would not be handed over to the Clean Water Partnership to spend at its discretion alone. The request asks for the dedication of $2 million for lake-related projects, with the stipulation that each specific project recommended for funding receive city council approval.
The $2 million, it should also be noted, could help leverage additional money through various programs that offer matching funds.
Councilman Mike Kuhle is a member of the joint powers board along with Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh. Both are well aware of the need for the $2 million investment, and a number of potential projects are already under consideration should the money come through. We are hopeful the remaining city council members approve a request that could pay long-term dividends for all of us in Worthington, and create a clean lake we can be proud of.