For some commissioners to bring up moving City Hall once again is just unconscionable when the commissioners voted to keep City Hall right where it is.
I guess some commissioners think they can snap their fingers and the money will just appear at their disposal especially when the city treasurer states there is no money to pull it off, but they still attempt to proceed with the idea. It is ridiculous in itself to say that it will not cost the taxpayer anything. We have heard the statement before and it ends up costing the taxpayers dearly.
Our city has been through so much with the housing problems, Nuesse, and the Eyman situation that we can hardly catch our breath financially. Getting involved in development projects leaves the city with no time or money to do anything else like fixing up the parks, streets, sidewalks, and the very basics that the city needs to get done.
The idea of moving City Hall has been going on for years and it continually delays the repairs of City Hall. The city had money to repair the building and they blew every last cent of the money. The pie-in-the-sky projects are strangling the living life out of our city.
All the city does anymore is put out fires and we never seem to make any real headway. Granted, there will always be fires to put out at city hall, but let us be sensible and proactive about possible fires erupting over and over again and never learning a lesson from them.
It is absurd to trade City Hall for other older and vacant buildings in town. Why would the city take on an older building then it already owns and all the headaches that come with it? The city should not permit itself to become a dumping ground for every building owner who has a vacant building in town they want to unload. I want to move my city forward, but I do not want to go into a financial hole doing it.
I am not against development. Development is a good thing but not with our tax dollars, ceasing our waterfront property, and using our staff resources to accomplish it. As long as the golden shovel has not hit the ground at 222 Meigs Street, there will always be a last ditch effort to continue the crusade of moving city hall downtown.
A private committee should not be gathering behind closed doors without some input from the public concerning what is being proposed. The city is not a private enterprise but rather a government by the people and for the people.
Until next week, thank you for respecting my opinion.
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.