Gunk in the bay, and at city hall

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

It's a big day Tuesday for Sandusky city commissioners. There's a court hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the dueling lawsuits regarding the Sandusky Yacht Club's effort to expand its property; at 5 p.m., Sandusky Marina District developer John Eymann gives commissioners an update and then will hold a Q&A session; at 5:45 p.m. the Sandusky Sailing Club is scheduled to present information regarding its application for a liquor permit; and finally, at 6 p.m., a representative from the U.S. EPA is scheduled to talk with commissioners about the ooozing goo known as the coal tar plume tucked away in the Sandusky Bay.

After attending last week's commission meeting, it's hard to know exactly what is going on with all of the issues facing commission. To drill, or not to drill, that's the question concerning the coal tar pit. Ex-officio mayor Craig Stahl and his voting bloc, commissioners Bob Warner, Julie Farrar, Brett Fuqua and Pervis Brown voted to appoint yet another committee to review the recommendations of another commission committee. One reader posted a comment stating the reason to appoint a new committee was inadvertantly transparent: Stahl's voting bloc wants a new committee because they don't like the recommendation of the city's brownfields committee.

One bright spot in last week's meeting was Ruth Haag, who stood up and calmly explained how the Brownfields Committee came to the conclusion the coal tar plume warranted a little further investigation and how that investigation would be paid with already available state grant money. Haag, along with her husband, Bob Haag, were hired by the city as environmental consultants, and they have made fast work out of some long-delayed projects, including the walkway at the Chesapeke condos. In the midst of what appeared to be an organized attack by the Stahl bloc on the Brownfield Committee she heads up, Ruth Haag held up just fine.

Ruth Haag's approach to government, and her impromptu defense of the Brownfield Committee's recommendation for further exploration of the gunk in the bay was in stark contrast to the "business as usual" approach Stahl and his cronies bring to city commission. While they were trying to push something through without explanation, Haag offered explanations and the opportunity for understanding a very serious problem. She stood strong and open in the face of subterfuge. She stood tall, while the Stahl voting bloc just seemed to rubberstamp something they did not fully understand.

 

Comments

Gulliver

RUTH OUGHT TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP TRAINING THAT SUE DAUGHERTY HAS BEEN HARPING ON THE CITY COMMISSION TO ENROLL THEMSELVES IN.  CLEARLY RUTH KNOWS:  HOW TO LEAD WITH INTEGRITY, EARNING THE PUBLICS' TRUST, AND HOW TO PLAN & ORGANIZE YOUR WORK SO YOU GET QUALITY WORK DONE.  

NOW ALL WE NEED IS A CITIZEN GROUP WHO WILL DEMAND THE COMMISSION TO GET THIS TRAINING THAT THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. 

Gulliver

AND ANOTHER THING.....

I'D PREFER TO RECALL THE COMMISSIONERS, BUT BY THE TIME THAT PROCESS IS FOLLOWED IT''LL BE TIME FOR ELECTIONS.  SO, I FIGURE THE CITY STANDS TO GAIN MORE BY MITIGATING THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY IGNORANT/GREEDY COMMISSIONERS, SO WE "THE PEOPLE" SHOULD MANDATE  INTENSIVE COMMISSIONER EDUCATION & TRAINING.  IT'S THE PUBLIC'S ONLY HOPE.  THE ALTERNATIVE IS HAVE COMMISSIONERS WHOCONTINUE TO RUN WILD FUELED BY THEIR PERSONAL AGENDA'S, NOT THE PUBLIC'S BEST INTEREST.

Darkhorse

To Gulliver; It would not matter one iota if the Stahl's voting bloc had further training or not, they have no intention of doing what is right, just what is best for their money people. We should have had a recall of those five at least a year ago. They no longer represent the people of this city, just the money. Let's see if after the presentation from U.S. EPA will change their minds as this governmental organization will not roll over to the wim of these anti Sandusky commissioners. I guess they would rather have another Love Canal.  The next step will be to have this site classified as a Super Fund site and that will be the death knell for this site. Nice going you anti Sandusky commissioners. I hope this happens, maybe this will tell the people just who is looking out for the citizens.