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City seeks ways to spend $700K

Andy Ouriel • Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The federal government should provide Sandusky with about $700,000 this year in Community Development Block Grant funds.

An estimated amount piggybacks off Sandusky obtaining about $2.1 million in block grant funds since 2011.

Block grant funds strive to boost quality of life for individuals in low- to moderate-income households.

In recent years, block grant funds have improved Sandusky through:

•Enhancing parks, such as new basketball courts, playground equipment, bathroom shelter and a splash pad at Lions Park.

•Promoting wellness initiatives, including establishing community gardens and maintaining re-entry programs to help felons become reacquainted to everyday life.    

•Developing recreational assets, like the Sandusky Bay Pathway, the city’s only recognized bike path, running through downtown and alongside Lake Erie.

These improvements occurred largely because residents desired them, Sandusky chief planner Rebecca Corrigan said. So officials then reserved funds for these specific projects.

And they’re looking for more input on how to spend this new batch of federal money earmarked for community improvements.

In fact, Corrigan already hosted two meetings and scheduled another session occurring for Tuesday to discuss with residents how these dollars should be doled out.

Want to go?

•WHAT: Meeting to decide how officials should spend federal tax dollars for community improvements in Sandusky.

•WHERE: Downtown Sandusky Fire Station, 600 W. Market St.

•WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday

•INFO: Go to ci.sandusky.oh.us/virtual-voices.htm to submit your input.


“I would encourage people to attend the meeting because these are their federal dollars at work that they pay through taxes,” Corrigan said. “It’s important to hear opinions and suggestions on how they see the city transforming and how they would like the city transformed. We need to hear what people think who live in this community”

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