The Register ran a story on the Sandusky Bay Pavilion and brought some problems to the forefront; so much so, that a group of concerned citizens recently met with Ohio Department of Natural Resources to see what could be done with the park. ODNR also met with the city to set some goals for the park.
Going forward, the Department of Natural Resources would like to see the following from the city as a result of Mr. Shipley’s inspection of the Pavilion:
1) Provide a summary of its meeting with the Maritime Museum to confirm they will still be participating in maintenance.
2) Work towards the necessary maintenance to address the geese droppings. Ideally this is something that requires attention daily or every other day. I would like the city’s thoughts on what is possible to address that.
3) Work toward using weed trimming along the wall of the outside structure and in the area between the men’s and women’s restrooms near the bathhouse.
4) Notify us if the “walk around” of the facility during the third and fourth shifts does not occur or ceases.
5) Notify us if they will seek a coastal grant to assist with the upcoming planning costs and to provide us a copy of the application submitted.
6) Provide a draft timetable for the planning process. We would like to see a timetable that begins the process this year. We understand that the coastal grant funding may be essential and slow the timetable down, but we would still like to see a plan for action. Beginning to make progress this year can help on potential grant applications for next year and even without a completed master plan, showing a planned effort with citizen input can still help with the scoring.
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Sharon Johnson is a born and bred Sandusky resident who's outspoken about community issues. Her blog, chronicling her efforts to keep tabs on city projects, is posted here Tuesdays at 11 a.m.