Naming project not a Dunn deal

Police chide city commissioners for nonresponse to request concerning fallen officer.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 9, 2013
Members of the local Fraternal Order of Police criticized Sandusky city commissioners for apparently ignoring a request they made 19 months ago.

In February 2012, leaders from two FOP organizations asked commissioners to consider naming the new west end overpass in honor of slain Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn, who died from a fatal gun shot in March 2011 while on duty. Commissioners debated about what to name the bridge during a public meeting in early March.

The bridge, debuting a couple of weeks ago, spans the railroad tracks near Venice Road and Tiffin Avenue. Since then, however, officials failed to engage in meaningful dialogue about a name — neither accepting or rejecting the union’s name request.

“Whether it was forgotten or just not the politically correct thing to do, it would have been nice if the commission would have contacted our order to make us aware of (the) decision, or should I say lack of one,” according to a letter written by union members. “It is a shame that some community members and leaders do not remember and instead seem to feel that it is easier to just forget.”

The letter, addressed to all seven city commissioners, specifically named ex officio mayor John Hamilton.

“We probably should have said something to them,” Hamilton said.

On Friday, the Register sent an email to Hamilton and the six other commissioners — Pervis Brown, Diedre Cole, Julie Farrar, Keith Grohe, Wes Poole and Jeff Smith — about if they would name the overpass after someone.

No commissioner responded to the email.

This isn’t the first time commissioners and other city officials have seemingly ignored a simple request.

In early 2013, Erie County commissioners offered city officials space inside a county-owned building in downtown Sandusky.

The county’s proposal called for beginning a discussion about whether the city might be interested in relocating administrative offices at City Hall to the County Administrative Building at Washington Row and Columbus Avenue, the former Lasalle’s department store.

The proposal resulted from Sandusky officials having discussed possibly relocating the current City Hall, an antiquated 57-year-old facility requiring a multi-million dollar upgrade.

County commissioners, however, never heard back from any city commissioner nor city manager Nicole Ard.

“It’s difficult to do business with a partner that never responds,” Ere County commissioner Bill Monaghan said. “Even a response of ‘we’ll think about it’ would have been adequate, but we got no response.”

Comments

worddrow811

thank you red white and blue. Let's pray for a miracle to get it done. I get all my inspiration from Him.

red white and blue

Centauri that name you came up with is Even better

Sam

Lets tear the building down at the corner of W.Market Street & Jackson St, sw corner and build a park in honor of Andy, at least that way for the first time that location will have a useful purpose.

T. A. Schwanger

No matter what the City Commission decides on this one, someone will not be happy. The State of Ohio has for the past year embarked on a Highway Dedication Program honoring our fallen soldiers by name.

•By: Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A growing number of state highways are being designated to serve as tributes to Ohio's fallen soldiers.

In Sandusky's instance, perhaps a dedication sign "Sandusky's Fallen Heroes Bypass" would be appropriate.

milemarkerzero

First off, I totally agree with Doggiemom. Darkhorse brings up a good point about opening a can of worms. The SR thrives on opening cans of worms when it comes to Police officers, or Public Officals. After all, it keeps the blogs all fired up.

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