Findlay officials are painting the city proud with the addition of two recent visual tributes.
Located on County Road 99 on the grounds of Ball Metal Corp., the north water tower has been adorned with red, white and blue in a salute to veterans- an idea suggested by Safety Service Director Paul Schmelzer. “Every 15-20 years, we have to do maintenance on the towers and repaint them,” said Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. “Given the location and visibility of the tower along I-75, and Findlay being known as Flag City USA, we wanted to make sure that veterans across the country who fought under our flag knew how appreciated they truly are.”
In a second gesture, the city street department stroked strips of blue paint at the intersections of West Main Cross and South Main streets in late August to show support for local and national police officers as the country goes through challenging times. The location was chosen due to its proximity to Findlay’s police department where patrol officers drive by daily during their shifts. Findlay’s police department is Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) certified, a “gold standard” agency.
“Being a police officer isn’t easy,” said Mayor Mihalik. “More times than not , you are dealing with people at their worst. I pray for their safety daily and will do whatever I can to help them do their job (here in Findlay) and make it home safely to their families every night.