The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 6, 2008

Geneva lodge

WE SUGGEST: Election puts to rest controversy

Tuesday’s election may have put to bed the controversy that has swirled around the Geneva State Park Lodge and Conference Center since its inception in 2004.

That came about Tuesday when voters rejected the lone issue of county commissioner candidates, Republicans Charlie Frye and Pat O’Brien. That issue was the lodge’s impact on the county as well as its publicly financed $21 million cost.

O’Brien and Frye built their campaigns to oust incumbents Peggy Carlo and Dan Claypool on the notion the lodge has been the major factor shackling the county’s budget. In other words, all the county’s problems emanate from the lodge.

Either the voters didn’t buy that or they are tired of hearing it. It is a good bet they have grown weary of all the criticism of the lodge over the last four years. It has been like beating a dead horse. Besides Carlo and Claypool had nothing to do with the establishment of the lodge. Actually, a greater argument on the lodge could have been made against fellow Republican and commissioner, Joe Moroski, who has held his seat far longer and has voted on more lodge connected issues than Carlo or Claypool.

On Tuesday it was not even close. Carlo beat O’Brien 23,755 to 17,407, and Claypool beat Frye 25,374 to 16,319.

At this point, commissioners should be looking for ways to make the lodge a center point of lake front development. If they can achieve that then the lodge will have been worth its construction.

Then candidates will say “I took a chance and supported the lodge knowing it would spur development in the county."

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