Budget, Battery Park on city commission's plate Monday

SANDUSKY Budgetary information and the Marina District development proposal will be the topics of discussion at Monday's City
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Budgetary information and the Marina District development proposal will be the topics of discussion at Monday's City Commission meeting.

City Commissioners have already unanimously agreed to put the Marina District at Battery Park Project onto November's ballot.

At Monday's meeting, the ballot language concerning the marina district development will be discussed.

Citizens for Responsive Government have already expressed concern as to how the issue will appear on the ballot; the group would like to see the plans laid out in plain and simple language.

The ballot language is important because the degree of detail may determine how voters decide on the issue.

The marina district development proposal involves 30 acres of waterfront property including the city hall building and adjacent properties at Battery Park. Fifteen acres will be maintained for public use and will include public parks and waterfront access. The other 15 acres will be developed into mid-rise residential condominium units, hotel and conference facilities, retail, restaurants and an indoor sports complex.

At the Stars and Stripes Celebration on the Fourth of July in downtown Sandusky, the Citizens for Responsive Government distributed fliers reading "Vote to Save Sandusky's Waterfront." According to the group's leaflet, it is arguing that "these parks are our heritage and our legacy. It's up to us to protect them."

According to information available on the city's Web site, it has been a priority that open public spaces be maintained, if not enhanced, throughout the development project. The city believes the property as it exists today is simply underutilized.

The budgetary information to be discussed will involve the addition of sidewalks and curbs and other necessary city maintenance. The commission will also discuss a zoning change on C Street.

The City Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 222 Meigs Street.