At the Feb. 8 meeting of the Sandusky City Commission, First Energy Solutions offered the city of Sandusky a total of $325, 823 in grant funds. The city may use these funds at their discretion. One of those discretions is the general fund. Since it is the general fund that finances 75 percent of the safety services, it seems appropriate that the majority of these unexpected funds go to rehiring as many safety service personnel as possible.
I am offering many challenges as a result. All of my challenges take into consideration the recent statement of the commission that "safety is our No. 1 goal."
My first challenge is to residents of Sandusky. Let your commissioners know that you want your police and fire staffed as fully as possible. My second challenge is to Commissioner Brett Fuqua. Being the liaison to the police department, I would like to see you make a motion to use the money to rehire some of the recently laid off officers. All motions need a second in order to be brought to vote. That is my third challenge. I would expect an immediate second on the motion.
Finally, I want to see which commissioners are true to the statement, "safety is our No. 1 goal." If that is true, a yes vote will be cast by all. If that is not true, there will be some no votes cast. A suggestion was made to use the money for a windmill project. It is time for the commission to decide -- what's more important. Making energy or citizen protection? What is your goal?
Safety First? Only time will tell. Summer is approaching.