The Commissioners Will Be Proud...

Bryan Dubois
Mar 23, 2010


...of the following email sent from city manager Matt Kline to city resident Sharon Johnson and copied to all seven commissioners.  (Which is, incidentally, how it got released to the public.  The public owns Matt Kline's email account and we have access to all of his communications.)  The exchange is about John Hamilton and the legal quandry that Lynn Gast King currently finds herself in:  She's having a hard time facing the public for prosecuting Hamilton because he's got so much public support and the story hit national news.

Johnson asks Kline how Hamilton got charged if he actually never violated any laws or city ordinances, and she points out the fact that other volunteers are working in city parks without being charged criminally.

Here is how Kline responds to her questions:

Want some cheese with that whine?

Kline sounds a little upset at how this whole thing played out.  Earlier this evening I had a telephone conversation with him - and he told me that if he were aware of the circumstances at the time of the events, he would've gone out himself to talk to Hamilton.  That was about as close to an admission of a mistake that he's going to make.  I asked Kline what law/ordinance Hamilton broke - and he deferred to the city prosecutor.  Naturally.  But one thing Kline is sure of:  HAMILTON WAS NOT ARRESTED FOR MOWING THE GRASS!!

This part is interesting:

So Kline believes that the Register was in cahoots with Hamilton at the time of the arrest in order to capture the arrest on camera? 

I think we might be able to unravel the complicated matrix of lies encapsulating this nefarious plot against the city manager with...

...a simple phone call to SR chief photographer Jason Werling...

There's nothing like good 'ole fashioned 'simple communication.'


Ben Franklin

 Me thinks John Hamilton planned this whole lawn mower fiasco. I'm betting we see his name on the ballot come November, and this was all party of some slicky run campaign. I have no facts to back up this theory, just a feeling. Also, Web site is not bad for a guy who makes the choo-choos run on time all day every day. But I ain't out here trying to pontificate or anything.


Julie R.

I don't believe that John Hamilton planned this whole lawnmower fiasco but if his name is on the ballot come November here's one vote he will surely get!

bill ney
        Now, Mr. Kline has more than "formally" attacked The Sandusky Register --- and the print media in general. Does he really believe this mowing fiasco is The Register's fault? Like the Fox Network commentator is responsible for the murder of the late-term abortionist!

          My opinion: Non-majority of commission members are conversing. The Register has been around about 140 years. It buys ink from a tanker. Kline is an outsider. The Register has been around long enough to offend almost everyone. In just a few short years, Kline, I believe, has now offended the majority of The Register "Readers" by insinuating they are being misled, and uncapable of knowing the truth. 

         Read again how much emphasis he places on "communication" and how that would have resolved all the problems. Then, he says, if he had been contacted by the police he would have gone to the park and talked with the mower-man. So, where was the first break-down in communication?

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