The city of Sandusky has a few things to work on.
Results are back from the National Citizen Survey on the state of quality of life in Sandusky and the results are not what city officials would have hoped for.
Those polled rated Sandusky substandard as a place to live, raise children, work and retire.
The city is definitely taking some body blows. Those marks literally hit you right where you live. No one wants to live in a city that doesn't score well on those type of categories. Those are the key issues you take into consideration when deciding on a place to live. People from outside Sandusky would be less likely to move here seeing those grades.
"This is how our citizens feel," City Manager Mike Will said. "It's a just a way to see if we are up to snuff."
But not everything is gloom and doom. The city should take this survey as a guide to how it needs to improve. And the responsibility to improve rests not only with city officials but with business and community leaders and average citizens.
Citizens have identified exactly what they feel is wrong with the city. Among the problems cited were drugs, rundown buildings, weed lots and junk vehicles.
Now leaders can attack those problems in the hope of seeing a more positive survey down the road.
City officials would have been foolish to think people would have graded the city well. There are too many real problems in the region and generally modern America.
Will is right to point out it has been a hard couple of years economically for the community.
"Look at all we have gone through," he said.
Lean economic times are going to reflect in a survey of this type. People are generally feeling down and will naturally downgrade their city. City officials are wondering how they compare to similar cities like Marion, Mansfield and Findlay. We would venture to guess citizens there would grade their city similarly. No one is going to do well in this environment, but we especially have problems with the uncertain status of Delphi and ACH.
City officials should look at this as another learning opportunity. They get plenty of feedback from citizens every day. This was just another big batch of it.