Jason's Mailbag: Should city return Marina District developer's $100,000?

Q: Jason, if the city has a rock-solid case like Don Icsman claims, why would it offer to give any money back to John Eymann? Won't it encourage more frivolous lawsuits in the future if we show we're willing to negotiate with baseless thugs? - Steve on Gildona Drive
Jason Singer
May 23, 2010

 

Q: Jason, if the city has a rock-solid case like Don Icsman claims, why would it offer to give any money back to John Eymann? Won’t it encourage more frivolous lawsuits in the future if we show we’re willing to negotiate with baseless thugs?
— Steve on Gildona Drive
A: “Thug” might be a little strong, Steve. I’ve met John numerous times, and he’s a pretty decent guy.
To some extent, however, I agree with you. The city’s being extremely generous by offering him $50,000 of the $100,000.
Eymann’s claim that both he and the city signed the wrong contract sounds ludicrous. If I were on a jury, I’d have a hard time buying that.
That being said, I also know that
litigation is anxiety-provoking, time-consuming and costly.
So I understand why the city would want to avoid it. Still, I would have made a much lower offer than $50,000. Eymann didn’t meet the obligations of his contract, so that money rightfully belongs to Sandusky.
And if Eymann doesn’t take whatever we offer him, I doubt he’ll ever see one cent of that $100,000. The city is in a position of power — it should act like it.

Q: On Hayes Avenue just north of Sandusky High School, there’s a big banner that says, “The Ultimate White Party Cruise” hanging from a house. Is the KKK throwing a bash here in Sandusky? If not, what the heck does that mean? If you can find an explanation, I’d be very
appreciative. Thanks.
 — Dixon on Fifth Street.
A: Thank you for the question, Dixon. I received several inquiries about this. Luckily, the truth is much more innocuous than the banner might suggest.
The Ultimate White Party Cruise is an event, hosted on the Goodtime I. According to its website, it’s
operated by a black man named Paul Jude Hardin.
The “white cruise” part of the name is because everyone is supposed to where white suits and dresses.
It is scheduled for July 3, costs $25 and looks like swanky shindig that will provide attendees a fun time.
If you’re interested in it further, you can visit the event’s website at myspace.com/sanduskycruise.

Q: Jason, putting video cameras in certain location downtown would be the equivalent of Big Brother taking over the city in my opinion. How could the city even consider such a Martial Law-type measure? We’re turning into everything we hate.
— Ralph on 46th Street
A: From my understanding of what city officials and the Sandusky Main Street Association are considering, the cameras will primarily look down on Schade-Mylander Plaza and Peddler’s Alley, where vandalism is the worst. If you’re not going to commit crimes, the cameras shouldn’t bother you.
If we had cameras downtown, maybe we’d know who smashed the windows last weekend at Zinc
Brasserie and Crush Winebar.
I understand the reticence toward Big Brother, but in this case, the trade off of keeping our residents and
businesses feeling safe is a welcomed exchange.
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