County sends letter on City Hall offer

Food for thought. That's what Erie County commissioners Bill Monaghan and Pat Shenigo put on the city's table in a letter confirming the county's offer of a potentially low-cost move from 222 Meigs St.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 5, 2013

 

"By moving the city offices into the downtown area, it's going to improve the traffic in the downtown area," Monaghan said. "It will only benefit the residents of Erie County."

Click here to read letter.

County commissioner Tom Ferrell declined to sign the letter, which was addressed to city manager Nicole Ard.. 

"I don't agree with it," Ferrell said. "It's the (city) commission's decision, not mine."

City commission has considered a move away from the waterfront to the downtown business district for many years. The city budget is projected to be in the red again this year, however, and new union contracts could further impact expenditures.

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In the letter, Monaghan and Shenigo urge city officials to consider the vacant space at the Erie County Office Building as a potential new home for City Hall. The county-owned building could be leased to the city, long-term, at little to no cost. 

The office building, formerly the Lasalle department store on Columbus Avenue and Washington Row, could house most  city employees working for various departments, including engineering, finance and  administration. Other city departments could be located at the city service center on Cement Street on Sandusky's west side. The police department and municipal court could re-locate to county-owned land near the sheriff's office and jail, where an economic district could be established. 

 

Comments

Truth or Fiction

One important question. Is the current county office building as designed capable of absorbing the City of Sandusky offices without major renovations to the county building? If major renovations are needed, who will pay for them?

Now The Rest of...

When you read the letter the county is offering to provide land near the sheriffs department and to relocate the water department, how much will that cost and who will pay? Is Sandusky so criminally bad that even the city police is leaving the city. How will the citizens of Sandusky feel when even their police department goes to Perkins Township. Shouldn't all city departments remain under the control of the Sandusky City Commission, at one central location convenient to the citizens of Sandusky within the city limits. Perkins residents beware, other than annexation how can the Sandusky Police Department have any arrest powers in their own building if it is located in Perkins? County residents should be concerned that they will be subsidizing the City of Sandusky with free or reduced rent at the county office building. Can any of these goverment bodies afford this plan?

Truth or Fiction

I think not!

T. A. Schwanger

We're having a deja vu moment here from 1991 all in the name of creating traffic downtown.

Scatter the various city departments throught the city, separate Muni-court to another part of the city and the police department to another area defeating the purpose of the current city building/court/police relocated from downtown in the mid 50s---one stop shopping with more than adequate parking and expansion room.

In 20 years politicians will be clamoring to move back to a full service facility.

Horace Mann

Over the years, Sandusky and Perkin have both grown to the point where they've melded into one city. The political line the is Perkin Avenue is an artifact. To merge Sandusky and Perkins into one city would be rational and bring many efficiencies and other benefits, but would be politically very difiicult, due to provincialism, parochialism, and racism.

sandusky2012

DOESNT THE CITY CHARTER PROHIBIT CITY EMPLOYEES FROM ACCEPTING DISCOUNTS OR GIFTS....... WOULD THIS NOT BE CONSIDERED A DISCOUNT OR GIFT WHICH VIOLATES THAT SAME CHARTER.....

sandusky2012

ALSO WHY COMBINE PERKINS AND SANDUSKY POLICE JUST LET THE COUNTY TAKE CONTROL OF THE POLICE IT WILL SAVE THEM MONEY GET RID OF THE LOCAL POLICE AND HAVE THE SHERIFFS OFFICE RUN THINGS ... THEN MAYBE WE WOULDNT HAVE COPS WHOM STEAL GIRLSCOUT COOKIES,RAPE LITTLE GIRLS,SEXTING, OR HAVE DRUGS IN THEIR LOCKER....

Darkhorse

Watch out for the words free or little to nothing in rent. Something is not right and there may be more things going on then meets the eye. This little group trying to move city hall will do anything including offering free rent to get us to move. How far are these people willing to go? Sounds like the group is pulling out all the stops.

Home Boy

Monaghan and Shenigo have it right! It's not just about "increasing downtown traffic". They are also looking at ways to save the City money. Sandusky needs a new Muny building. Why not move into the Coiunty building, thus saving the cost of a new City Hall building while helping the coiunty by sharing the cost of building operations. How is this not a win-win for all? Other than the ego expense, that is. It's time government from the White House on down start thinking of ways to save money rather than spend money.

T. A. Schwanger

I just finished reading the hard copy of the Register. Wow $6 million to upgrade the current City Building----someone is inflating the numbers and attempting to convince the taxpaying public it's in worse shape than the Keller Building.

The idea of a needed move to bring traffic downtown. To the untrained eyes and ears, one would think the city building is out in the sticks at the corner of Cleveland Road and Remington Ave. The current city building is three blocks away from the main downtown hub and is within the Downtown Business District. Many City employees walk downtown for lunch etc.