What’s in a name?

Erie County candidates contemplate a unified Sandusky-Perkins
Sandusky Register Staff
Sep 22, 2013


Eleven candidates for elected office in Erie County at the NAACP forum Saturday all agreed on one thing: Voters should elect each of them on Nov. 5.

They also all seemed to agree that regionalized services of some nature is likely to happen at a quicker pace in the future due to the budget constraints all local governments are experiencing. NAACP legal representative Geoff Oglesby moderated the 90-minute program at the Erie County Senior Center off Water Street, and his last question took regionalism to new — and old — ground.

The question: If the city of Sandusky and Perkins township agreed to combine and be annexed together, what name would you give the new city?

Jason Bennett, a Perkins School board candidate was the first in line to answer. “Ogontz,” he said. “It’s the original name (for the territory.)”    The four Sandusky city commission candidates at the forum offered varied response, but the consensus seemed to favor “Sandusky” or “Greater Sandusky.” Commissioner Diedre Cole responded with just the word, “SANDUSKY.”

Perkins Township trustee Tim Coleman, who like Cole is seeking re-election, said he did not want to speculate. He added, however, that he always refers to the area affectionately as “Sandtown.”

In the 1950s, township and city government negotiated for years, eventually developing an agreement to unite as one entity. Circumstances changed, however, and the boundary changes and legislation to make it happen were never implemented.

Jim Lang, who is challenging Coleman and Mike Printy in the race for just two trustee seats, also attended the forum. Cole, Scott Schell, Naomi Twine and Patricia Ferguson, all candidates for three seats on the Sandusky city commission, attended the forum.

Bennett and J Franklin and Rick Uher, candidates for Perkins school board, and Bridgitte Green-Churchwell, a Sandusky school board member, also attended. Carol Smith, a former Perkins school district teacher and grandmother of Perkins school board candidate Michael Ahner, attended the forum on his behalf because he was not able to be there Saturday.

Erie County Health commissioner Pete Schade also participated, urging voters to approve the health district’s renewal levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. The levy costs a homeowner about $8 per year for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

“It goes a long way,” Schade said, contrasting the low cost of the tax to the expanding services the health department provides, staying within its budget constraints.

Several candidates praised the successful regionalized emergency dispatch services with Erie County and Sheriff Paul Sigsworth, and forecast more consolidations in the future.

“If we merge school districts, we’ll save money,” Bennett said. “But the larger you get, the less individualized you can be.”

The city and Perkins Township also must continue searching for shared opportunities.

“(There’s no other) choice,” city commission candidate Twine said. “We have to look at ways. We’re all in this together.”

Schell called it “a new era of governmental cooperation.”

Lang, who served as a Perkins police officer for 23 years and more recently was the Sandusky police chief for two years, said there’s strong resistance to change.

“Voters made clear they want to maintain their own identities,” Lang said, referring to the overwhelming support the township police levy received in May when it was approved.



I think we should call it FREEBEEVILLE

Just Thinkin

Mr. Coleman, No was the proper response, just like my vote for you now is NO!. And I will keep reminding voter's of your thoughts.You know Sandusky has some nice homes for sale maybe you would rather live downtown?


Annexation would be DOA but a merger is another story altogether. In a brilliant move approved by the voters of both entities, Hudson Township, OH, in 1994 merged with the Village of Hudson, forming the City of Hudson.

The circumstances were slightly different, but the benefits to Perkins would be similar, getting all the financial advantages of city status, without a "takeover" - unlike annexation, it's an equal partners deal. But it would take a long time to get used to the idea, and initially there would be a lot of strong negative reactions from voters both in Perkins and Sandusky. .

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The Hero Zone

Thank you for the explanation and example to look into. I think it is an idea worth exploring. Even if it takes time that is fine since there would be a lot of research that needed to be done to find out the best course of action as well as which opportunities would open and losses incurred.


Perkdusky? North Tiffin?

Bike Weekistan?

Cedar Stump?

Licorice Schtick

Port Perkins? Port Perkinstucky? Spaenrdkuisnksy?

Licorice Schtick

Perky Sanduskins - final answer.


Name not important
Do not put cart before horse
Be partners, and merge



Tool Box

Ghetto North


You have the answer in the headline. Sandusky-Perkins, Ohio as in marrying of the two without denying the other as a valued part of the equation.

From an article in the Erie County atlas; On the arrival of the earliest white settler here, Sandusky was known as Ogontz Place, being named after the illustrious chief referred to, its environs being included in Perkins Township. ----------- Sandusky, which is supposed to have been derived from the Indian designation given to the Bay of Lac-san-dou-ske, meaning a lake of cold water.

Perkins township derives its name from the Honorable Elias Perkins, late of New London, Connecticut, who was formerly a large land-holder in it. There has been no change in the name.

Space does not permit me to write all that is detailed in the Atlas and this is fyi.

There is too much history in this area and to make up a different/new name for it is not embracing the idea of unity as in we are all one.

Do not change anything without asking the citizens of both areas what they would like and then accepting that with a vote.


I don't think it will happen anytime soon, too many perkins people against it. i don't think Sanduskians care either way.

44870 South

Merge and call the whole thing SANDUSKY.




How about Perkisand ?


It will never happen. What a waste of an article.


You realize that Perkins School is going to use this to get a levy passed. They know Perkins residents do not want to merge with Sandusky and I understand...but I am just saying they will use this as a tool to get a yes vote.

The Big Dog's back

Watchout Huron, you're next. One drop rule.


Lower Sandusky


North Kalahari.

250 City.


How about Perkins annexes Sandusky?


call it Sandumpsky


another suggestion is Perkidusky or Sandkinsky


"Sandusky, Ohio was founded as Portland Township in 1816, renamed Sandusky City in 1817, and incorporated in 1824."

"The city of Sandusky is full of history. Let’s start at the beginning, 1818, when Sandusky was founded, roads and lots were laid out, and the first city plat was drawn. (There was an earlier township plat, in 1816, of smaller dimensions, called the “Portland Plat.” The city of Sandusky was established within the boundaries of what was known as Portland Township.)

How about having Jerry Sandusky change his name? He is all over the internet.


take all the letters of perkins and sandusky. remove all the duplicate letters between the two words. that leaves P A I R D U S and Y. The new name is Pairdusy City or Spairudy City.
LOL now nobody feels left out.