My family has been associated with the Sandusky Yacht Club for generations, and plans to continue that relationship in the years ahead.
With that in mind, it has become apparent to me that I need to explain my decision to not support in its present form the club's proposal to expand.
The club asked the city to vacate city-owned property off Perry Street to allow this expansion. The SYC has been a wonderful corporate citizen, but the city's legal counsel has determined the city has no obligation to vacate any portion of the Perry Street extension.
I understand undocumented discussions may have taken place regarding this area by previous administrations and possibly by individual city commissioners. These informal discussions are not legally binding and could be construed to violate Ohio law because decisions like this must be made in a public setting.
As a city commissioner and a member of the Planning Commission, I must follow our legal counsel's opinion that we are under no legal obligation to be forced to grant this request.
This issue is also complicated by the fact that in December 2006, the City Commission approved a pre-development agreement with a developer that includes the Perry Street extension.
The Planning Commission and the City Commission possibly could enter into a long-term license agreement for the 19 parking spots in question. This long-term license agreement could be for a period of 19 years with two 10-years renewable options. If the SYC were open to such an agreement, I would be honored to introduce and fully support the concept before the Planning Commission and City Commission.
Sandusky City Commissioner
Editor's Note: The Planning Commission unanimously rejected the Sandusky Yacht Club request as presented on Wednesday.