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Residents need honesty about Sandusky city hall plans

Anonymous • Oct 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The topic of the City Hall move came up again at the commission meeting.  It seems no one can tell us the real truth about what is going on with City Hall.  Are we going to move or are we going to stay put?  The city has been assessing repairs for five plus years and no one can tell us, as yet, what needs fixing and how much it will costs.

Every time the city comes close to making a decision to remodel City Hall, there is always a stakeholder that would like to throw a wrench into things and we are right back assessing City Hall once again. I am beginning to think that the assessing is looking more like a stall until they finally obtain enough commissioners to vote in favor of moving City Hall. Certain people cannot bear the thought of keeping the building on waterfront property.   

People wonder why we can’t get the repairs started at City Hall.  We are so busy assessing, assessing, and reassessing the building that it is impossible to get the building to the point of actually repairing it. How is it we will have money to move City Hall and no money to repair the building?  I don’t see why the city has to hold up the court construction while the city is assessing the repairs unless the relocation of City Hall is still on the table.

I think it is unconscionable for the city to waste Cedar Point’s donation of $50,000 to remodel the police station and then some commissioners turn around and suggest the city look into moving the building after investing in the remodeling.  It is also unconscionable to even mention the subject of relocating in the very year of union negotiations, which haven’t even started as yet.  So, we have enough money to move City Hall but the city is flat broke when it comes to bargaining with the union for a new contract.   

Until next time, I am hoping that some commissioners take on a leadership role to stop the insanity of forever being on the merry-go-round and never making a strong stand on decisions that need to be made once and for all.    

Sharon Johnson is a born and bred Sandusky resident who's outspoken about community issues. Her blog, chronicling her efforts to keep tabs on city projects, is posted here Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

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