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Cut the CORD from Port Clinton’s future

Register • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

In reading Bob Walls’ letter to the editor recently, he stated, “If you love Port Clinton, then you will love CORD” Be informed that I love Port Clinton dearly but I, Mr. Walls, do not love CORD.

This committee does not understand what progress means —jobs, a solid tax base, growth and future dreams.

As I stated in a previous Sandusky Register article, “Three strikes and you’re out” You already turned down beautification of the waterfront/waterworks park by the Jet Express and they moved — where were you then?

They were trying to do something you are now opposing. Your facts are not right, and there are more people than you know who want support of jobs, new businesses, etc.

Where is CORD’s plan? If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The last turnaway cost the city $7 million in tax revenue every year.

Do you know what $7 million could do? Fix alleys, new recreation facilities (city pool) and other great things for the residents.

CORD, what do you have to offer except opposition?

Have you mentioned what the city has already done? The answer is no. Phase I and II have completed the Madison and Jefferson street piers, new traffic signals, rehabilitation of the sewer plant, new water and sewer lines, street repairs and the new water tower at the high school to give the town protection in case of an emergency.

You continue to focus on anything that deals with the waterfront.

We have elected officials: our mayor and city council. Let them do their job. They want the city to grow. Our population is decreasing because we have no jobs from the loss of industry. People of Port Clinton, we need to keep our children here with jobs.

Our schools are wonderful and we have a five-star hospital (Magruder). These are great. Thanks for USG, Port Clinton Manufacturing and all the other city-based businesses that support our town. It’s too bad Catawba and surrounding areas cannot vote on issues in the city when many work here and have businesses here. Check with them; they want progress. We are the county seat city. It’s time we take a stand for good government and send a message to CORD that enough is enough and to move forward. Mayor and council, stand firm and do what is best for all those who feel this way.

CORD is not running the city, you are.

—Thomas Brown

Former mayor of Port Clinton Port Clinton

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