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Quiz for Sandusky officials

Register • Jun 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

One of the things that I found out a long time ago, is that people have a way of deciding that if they have gotten a job, then they must be an expert at it, and they do not need to learn anything new in order do their work well. I have often been intrigued by how new elected officials go to their first meeting and calmly vote on issues that they have no previous experience with. Not only do they not know the history of the issue, they don’t even know exactly what the decision is that they are being asked to vote on.

So let’s put my theory to a test. Here is a City of Sandusky Quiz. I invite all of the Sandusky City Commissioners to take it and see how they score. The rules are simple: Answer the questions with the knowledge you have right now. You may talk with other commissioners for help, but you may not talk to city staff members. Next week I’ll give you the answers.

1.  The amount of money the city of Sandusky spends each year is around:

A.  One billion dollars

B.  65 million dollars

C.  45 million dollars

D  20 million dollars

E.  3 million dollars

2.  The Codified Ordinances of the City of Sandusky list the City Manager pay range as:

A.  It is not listed in the Codified Ordinances, the Commission sets the salary

B.  A multiple of the minimum wage determined by the training and experience of the city manager

C.  $84,936 to $127,404

D.  $100,236 to $150,788

3.  The organizational structure of the city of Sandusky staff is defined by:

A.  The city manager

B.  The commission

C.  The codified ordinances

D.  The law director

4.  The Comprehensive Plan for the city of Sandusky is updated every five years. The last time that it was updated was:

A.  2010

B.  2005

C.  2000

D.  1999

5.  Which citizen committee’s decisions have legal weight and can only be overruled by a super-majority vote of city commission?

A.  The Planning Commission

B.  The Civil Service Commission

C.  The Tree Commission

D.  The Board of Zoning Appeals

6.  The City’s Charter is reviewed every five years.  The last time this happened was:

A.  2005

B.  2010

C.  2000

D.  It has never been reviewed

7.  In an emergency, such as a deadly weather event or a terrorist attack, who would be in charge of the city?

A.  The Mayor

B.  The city manager

C.  The fire chief

D.  The police chief

D.  All four

8.  In an executive session, the commissioners:

A.  Can take a “straw poll” to see how the vote in the general session will turn out

B.  Can discuss any item that they wish to

C.  Must limit the session to 15 minutes

D.  Can take minutes

9.  The program to replace streets the city of Sandusky generally follows is determined by:

A.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization

B.  The University of Toledo Study

C.  The Comprehensive Plan

D.  The chief planner

E.  The head of engineering

10.  If seven commissioners are present, how many votes are needed to pass an agenda item as an emergency:

A. 4

B. 5

C. 6

D. 7


1.  Today, (June 13) Wikipedia lists the mayor and vice mayor of the city of Sandusky as: 

A.  John Hamilton and Diedra Cole

B.  Dan Kaman and John Hamilton

C.  Craig Stahl and Brett Fuqua

D.  Jason Andrew Danke and Greg Timothy Clemets

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