Commission votes on waterfront property

Sandusky city commissioners Diedre Cole, Keith Grohe, Wes Poole and ex officio mayor John Hamilton voted in favor of retaining the Sandusky Bay Pavilion property; commissioners Pervis Brown, Julie Farrar and Jeff Smith voted against the plan.
Andy Ouriel
Jul 29, 2013

 

While Sandusky city commissioners remain divided on how to develop a popular property, they did manage to overcome controversy and bickering to reach a resolution for the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Commissioners voted 4-3 in favor of keeping the Sandusky Bay Pavilion, ensuring it remains a public gathering place for community events and educational purposes.

Ex officio mayor John Hamilton, along with commissioners Diedre Cole, Keith Grohe and Wes Poole, supported the measure.

Commissioners Pervis Brown, Julie Farrar and Jeff Smith rejected it.

Motivation for the four "yes" votes primarily resulted from a recent meeting about pavilion activity at Sandusky High School.

Many of the meeting's 40 attendees — among them Sandusky residents, city advocates and community stakeholders — spoke to keep the East Water Street facility a public venue.

Thousands flock to the pavilion each year, where local nonprofits host events such as KidsFest and Safety Fair and the Big Splash Raffle.

But anyone entering the pavilion's premises, located between the Sandusky Yacht Club and Battery Park Marina, realize they're surrounded by health hazards. Years of neglect at the pavilion have led to several concerns, including a contaminated wave pool, a warped roof and various other problems.

Some city commissioners believe local nonprofits and residents who use the pavilion deserve a better facility.

"All we want is a commitment from this commission to work with existing entities that use the park currently and donate regularly to its care and maintenance," said Cole, adding that a plan must be developed for the park.

Without a blueprint to enhance the pavilion, some fear the facility could further decay.

"That property has sat, as is, for eight to 10 years," Poole said.

Smith voted "no," as he prefers city officials compose a detailed pavilion plan rather than sporadically making piecemeal upgrades.

"Before we make any decision, we need to create a strategic plan for that property," Smith said. "To say that a few organizations use that property one day a year, obviously they would want us to keep it public."

Brown echoed Smith's comments.

"If someone comes to us and says, 'I will give you $4 million for that property, are we going to say this is not for sale?'" Brown said.

Poole quickly responded to Brown's concern.

"If the $4 million man was going to show up, he has had plenty of time," Poole said. "It's time to make a decision on that property and move forward."

Comments

akmed

I do not care what they do with that money pit. It has always been a drain on the city. BUT they beter not screw up the deal with E. Blacktop. That deal could give the city some much needed cash, bring in jobs, and clean up an area that the city has turned it's back on for many years. Sell IT. And no, you don't need to do a study on it first.

007

I hadn't heard of a deal with Erie Blacktop. What is it about?

Truth or Dare

Can anyone smell another MD fiasco brewing, of which if I recall correctly at least 2 within the minority had a hand in?

Plan #1; Remove that now nasty arse pool before doing anything else and replace it with green space!

The Bizness

Sell it

Those once a year activities can be moved to the Paper District Marina and its parking lot.

Truth or Dare

Hey 007: SR 7-27-2013, front page "Millions sought for blacktop project". Erie Blacktop's Vice President, Larren Wikel is campaigning city officials to allow them to purchase a "neglected public lot" to build an asphalt tank. It's location being on King St., north of W. Monroe. The company would like the ability for water transportation. It is cheaper to ship by boat than to use ground transportation. The Pros and Cons?

Pros: $2 Million investment, up to 15 full-time jobs; street repairs, increase in revenue from property and income taxes.

Cons: Increased traffic flow on narrow roads, including more large trucks; threat of spills and other environmental concerns; noise; less public access on pathway and water.

whocares

Why should the City of Sandusky give a way its water front property. Once sold you will never replace it. The new owners will benifit as values increase over time. The City should lease Erie Black top the land and retain ownership. Ask yourself, Are the jobs created really benifiting the city in ther long run? 10 to 15 do not sound like very many and the workers don't have to live in the city.

Truth or Dare

Amen whocares! A study isn't needed? Really? I for one would like to know the effect a spill would have to our waterfront, our ecosystem, and just how much it would cost and what it would entail to clean up such a possible hazard? A study by the way that the Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for, but that the company should be responsible for doing, should they truly want public property!

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The Hero Zone

It was indicated by the VP that there will be a containment wall around the tank that can hold the entire contents plus (I think) 25% in case it rains or the like. However as the asphalt in the tank is solid until needed (they only melt a small bottom portion to pump into the trucks) even if the tank ruptured you'd have a cylinder-shaped Tootsie-Roll looking thing sitting there. He assured council that there are other legal regulations in place for preparing the area and being able to handle spills. The fire chief even commented on it and his guys' preparedness to handle such an event.

Darkhorse

I am wondering if the vote can be over turned when new commissioners come on board or is the vote a sure thing? I wouldn't put it past some of the commissioner to bring the vote up a again to reverse it.

The Answer Person

Scum water pool. Once again people making decisions who contribute nothing...except lip.

Statealltheway

Couldn't agree more. The productive members of this community that actually pay their taxes are NOT the people that are going to be utilizing this facility -- it's all the people living off of our tax dollars already that will enjoy this money pit.

There are about 4-5 organizations that use this park ONCE a year, so we should keep dumping money into it?? I would've much rather seen BGSU take over -- then it would be used year-round, have someone to take care of it, AND there would still be plenty of public access available for Sandusky's finest residents!

Stop It

Amen.

Larry

I would like to know, how is it that Erie Blacktop can off load asphalt at a waterfront facility without the endorsement of the EPA and the Corp of Engineers ?

The Answer Person

Hmmm probably might be considered racist?

Rosa

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW ERIE BLACKTOP TO BUY OR LEASE THIS WONDERFUL PUBLIC AREA, THIS SHOULD BE FOR THE PEOPLE OF SANDUSKY, NOT SOME TOXIC WASTE AREA. WHAT THE ---- IS GOING ON??!! I HOPE THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR DOES NOT OVERRIDE COMMON SENSE. WE WANT TO KEEP OUR DOWNTOWN BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS, NOT BLIGHTED BY BLACKTOP AND ASPHALT AND HORRIBLE TOXIC ODORS. OMG, I CANNOT BELIEVE THE CITY WOULD EVEN CONSIDER THIS!!!! TELL ME, WHO IS GETTING PAID OFF FOR THIS???
Why doen't the city make a nice public pool, not wave action, just a pool. It is pathetic there is no pool in the city of Sandusky.

Rosa

I KNOW, I WALK DOWNTOWN ALONG THE WATER JUST LIKE DOZENS OF PEOPLE, AND AM ALWAYS SO PROUD OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND SHORELINES. NO ONE WANTS TO INHALE POISON. IF THE POWERS THAT BE WANT TO MAKE THIS INTO A BLIGHTED GHOSTTOWN FOR A FEW BUCKS, THAT WOULD REALLY BE PATHETIC AND SHORTSIGHTED. THIS AREA SHOULD NOT BE INDUSTRIALIZED !!!

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The Hero Zone

I would suggest you watch the presentation yourself from the last Commission meeting. It will replay tonight on Channel 81 at 7:00. The gentleman presenting the plan did (in my opinion) a very good job at literally and metaphorically illustrating his points. You can also contact the Ohio EPA for details as he assured the council that he has environmental regulations that must be followed.

I think you'll find many of your valid concerns addressed!

Rosa

I am sorry, I did not watch the presentation, but I am sure that the person speaking will tell people what he thinks you want to hear. And once it is here, it will be too late...You cannot trust the EPA, look at the fracking. Look at GMO's and Monsanto. Do you think the EPA cares about the citizens of Sandusky, Ohio. Does anything smell worse than new blacktop??!! DISGUSTING!! NOT FOR DOWNTOWN SANDUSKY. The city has come way too far to allow something like this.

doppleganger

I do not think Erie Blacktop is looking at the pavilion property. The article I read was that Erie Blacktop was wanting the property on King Street. That is near the old Jesse's Hideaway for any of you fellow old timers. West side of town off of Monroe. As for this property, I will be attending the Big Splash Raffle and have always had a good time. Oh, I pay property taxes too! Hmmmmm....

Truth or Dare

Took a walk yesterday, just to check out my very young childhood neighborhood. We moved the Summer I turned 6, until then living just across the street from what is now one huge, blue warehouse. What the heck is stored in there?

Where at on the north end of King St. would this go, in the wooded area on the NW side? Across from that is a sign that says No Trespassing, as it's Railroad property. I ask because that huge warehouse on the NE side, it now covers the property where Jessie's Hideaway was. I didn't go any further east once at the end of King. Whoever owns it really should paint over the lovely gang graffiti that's on the north/northwest walls, graffiti which is quite similar to what can be read on the front of the old G & C Foundry building, of which hasn't been removed by the owner of that property and has been there for at least a few years that I know of.

It's quite apparent here, when you have an opinion that doesn't quite jive w/those that wouldn't use such places as what this story is about, all of a sudden you're unemployed, don't pay any taxes and are supported by those that wouldn't even consider using such a place as the Sandusky Bay Pavilion. FYI; I work on a daily basis, pay City, State and Federal Taxes on a bi-monthly basis, and I'm also a registered voter that takes that RIGHT to heart and uses it! Let the insults fly.