Erie Blacktop’s Wikel responds to concerns about asphalt tank

A high-ranking executive answered lingering questions posed by several residents regarding a proposed asphalt tank.
Andy Ouriel
Aug 21, 2013
In late July, Erie Blacktop vice president Larren Wikel touted the benefits of a new 1.5 million-gallon waterfront asphalt tank on King Street, north of West Monroe Street, to Sandusky officials at a public meeting.
The company could ship in asphalt by barge or rail, then transport the material by truck to cut down on costs. Workers can then deliver asphalt to locations throughout northern Ohio. Among the proposed project benefits:
• Investing $2 million in private funds for a blighted area.
• Creating up to 15 new full-time jobs.
• Making much-needed street repairs with private funds.
• Boosting property and income taxes.
Some city residents seemed concerned about several issues surrounding the project. Wikel, however, promptly addressed each question with in-depth answers. After the brief question-and-answer sessions, city officials said they want to continue discussions with him.

It’s unknown if, or when, a deal could occur.



attn: L. Wikel, if Erie County does not want this please contact Huron County. Thank you. Sincerely many people.

Don Lee

A tank barge and tug coming into Norwalk would be a sight to see -- but yes, I get the sentiment.


It isn't just a matter of unpleasant odors. It is also the chemicals you are breathing. How can the air and water be cleaned up when we continue to pollute?


It is time to look beyond the income tax and begin to plan for a future without it. An eight percent admissions tax including paid parking is needed to begin to rebuild the infrastructure, separate storm and sanitary sewers, remove dead trees, repave streets, fix catch basins and move into the 21st Century. The value of having no city income tax will make Sandusky the most cost effective location for businesses in the area. The only other thing we need is to simplify permitting to a one stop process.


I think it would smell better than CertainTeed in Milan.

Tool Box

It will probably smell just as bad as CertainTeed. Which according to BDumber's explanation and education must be against the law!


As to the smell, I'd like to add: I live on Marblehead near the bay and every time the wind is from the south, the smell of asphalt from the existing asphalt plant is so strong we have to close the windows. The odor and fumes ofter cause watering of the eyes. I can't imagine something like that being as close to downtown as is being suggested. Then there is always the possibility of spillage, that close to the water of our beautiful bay!


Somtimes when the wind is from the north We can smell the stench Of downtown Santucky in Norwalk.


We can not have this, Our downtown is so beautiful, why risk turning it into a blighted area where no one would want to go. We want to bring people to downtown, we have so much to offer: the most beautiful parks, the waterfront to walk along and chat with the citizens who are fishing,the independent eateries that are amazing, the State Theater, our beautiful library. And what about the citizens who live on the west side of town, why should they have to inhale this poison??!! Some things are so much more important than the almighty dollar. Huron could place it where the old Pillsbury plant was, but I would not want to live in Huron....Let's keep Sandusky beautiful!!!


Lease the property, don't sell it.


We don't want this in our community. The smell will be horrible. I'm with Schwanger and the others who object to this. The time has come to improve the waterfront recreational. Look how successful the marine has become.

T. A. Schwanger


We are not totally against Erie Materials proposed project.

If they can prove odor will be at a minimum great. If they have a solid anti-spill plan in place great. If they can show the majority of the estimated jobs will be a decent wage and provide income tax to the City great.

We do however, question whether Erie Materials honestly needs to use both abandoned docks eliminating future possibilities and if a serious look at the 2006 Sandusky Bay Pathway plans for the site can be incorporated into Erie Materials plans.

T. A. Schwanger


The EPA requires a dike or containment around any aboveground tank that will hold petroleum or most anything, of 110% of the volume of the tank. That was from maybe 10 years ago,I would guess that the regs are at least as strict now as then. I am sure the State, county, and others have regulations will also cover the leaking of the tank besides the EPA. It would be simple to run a search for such things on the internet if you want.


Too funny. Business people always want development and now that we have something that creates jobs, they are against it because of the smell. Make up your minds.


We have to protect our water and our air, without it, what good is the money. Let's get real, the owners are going to tell you what you want to hear, not the truth.