City commissioners' opinion of Mike Will is summarized in part, "Will needs to be more visible as a leader in the community." This statement has bothered me ever since I read it in the Register.
Now my suspicion is exacerbated more than ever that our elected officials are punishing him unfairly and without merit.
Mike is a professional manager who has natural ties to this community. He is involved with the Sandusky Rotary Club, Erie County United Way board, the LEADS program and Volunteer Center, and walks neighborhoods to meet with citizens on a regular basis. His office door is open.
He and his wife have four children, some of whom are in sports he actively supports. I have had to work closely with him on some projects that included the city. His intuitiveness and candor was appreciated. Sandusky is finally being energized in a way to restore respectability.
In the 1960s we had a drug store, various clothing stores, a dime store and many family owned businesses with limited parking. I have seen the downtown buildings emptied over the years. The shopping emphasis moved from Columbus Avenue to Perkins Avenue and then Milan Road in the township. We have lost much of our industrial tax base. Empty buildings decay over years becoming eyesores. City tax revenue is sorely lost which squeezes budgets resulting in downsizing payroll and/or additional taxation to the existing businesses and citizens. These phenomena are seen all over the United States.
Today we need a strong energetic city manager with vision for his hometown. He needs to have total support of our elected officials.