And the walls come tumblin' down

Can it be the walls are, if not coming down, at least not so jealously guarded? With Huron City Council's vote to rat
Sandusky Register Staff
May 9, 2010

Can it be the walls are, if not coming down, at least not so jealously guarded?

With Huron City Council's vote to ratify a county water agreement, we hope, the era of cooperation and not competition between local governments is well and truly on its way. Sandusky and Erie County have already signed off on it.

You've read in this space before our opinion that solutions can't be bound by political lines for the simple reasons the problems don't recognize those borders. Apparently, those of like mind are making their influence felt, and that bodes well for this area's future -- or at least, for this area's ability to deal with the slings and arrows and potholes that will come our way.

That's the attitude behind a a proposal that's been quietly in the works to put the Sandusky and Perkins police departments under one roof, sharing a lockup and some support facilities but remaining separate departments.

Sandusky City Commissioner Dennis Murray Jr., who's driving the proposal from this side of Perkins Avenue, is quick to note it's far from a done deal, and we have to agree with Perkins Township Trustee Tom Pascoe when he says he has no idea right now whether the idea is good or bad, but we won't know unless the idea is explored.

Considering the cooperation between the two police departments that has sprung up since Kim Nuesse was hired as Sandusky's chief last summer, we think the idea will get a fair hearing and a test, and that's all anyone can ask for.

But more important right now than whether the proposal works is the sign it gives that local governments are willing to work together.

Let's keep that going.