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.