Bigger is not better for Erie MetroParks

May 2, 2014


Twenty plus years ago, our battle to keep our riverfront property began.

Three years ago, Erie Metroparks decided to abandon their failed greenway project.

Through court mediation, they agreed to have the landowners deeds properly transferred back into their names.

All of which was improper! And now, government has to find a way to right the wrong!

Although the current park board members did not create this mess, they still need to resolve the past abusive issues before asking the Erie County taxpayers for more money. The current park board needs to show leadership and accountability to Erie County before winning over their trust.

They need to take ownership and get resolution and closure for the Huron River Greenway project. Before going to the polls in May, consider how your tax dollars are being used and if there is accountability for their expenditures.

Erie Metroparks has a number of wonderful programs and parks that the citizens of Erie County like and use. In order to have a successful park system, you need to be able to fund and maintain what already exists, not to use taxpayer dollars to obtain more land and create more expenses. In this case, bigger is not better

—Cheryl Lyons


Julie R.

The current board members are no different than the old ones. They're a part of Baxter & Co.'s ugly GOB system just like the old ones were.

Ralph J.

VOTE NO!! More money for lawyers. VOTE NO!!


It seems to be a pattern with local government here to simply throw money down a rat hole, often in defiance of the clearly expressed will of the people, and then cry poor mouth and hold services hostage unless the voters make the agency whole again.

-Money for lawyers to defend the Greenway instead of just making it right.

-Perkins schools borrowed the money for overpriced blueprints for a project the voters rejected, and now they want more money to pay back the loan.

-Sandusky digs a budget whole, then manipulates people into demanding we bleed Cedar Point to fix it.

Ralph J.


Ralph J.

VOTE NO!! Please note the key words in the ballot wording. This is not a renewal levy. This is a REPLACEMENT and ADDITIONAL levy. Note the key words in the Ballot wording. ADDITIONAL ACQUIRING How much more land does the park system need or will go after? There are still two years left on the present park levy. VOTE NO!!

Ralph J.

Since this is a REPLACEMENT and ADDITIONAL levy, it will cost you much more because of the loss of the state's rollback program. Existing levies to get funding break, but new ones will not. After a tradition of some 40 years of subsidizing local taxes, Gov. John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate applied the brakes. Local governments and schools heading for the ballot in November to ask voters to support new or replacement levies will have to tell them that the price tags attached will be higher than they were previously told. The taxpayer will pay the entire tab for any new taxes approved.


Metroparks ought to seek to recover all legal fees from the private law firms that advised them that they had clear title to the Greenway properties before seeking any more funds from taxpayers. That was not a "mistake" but a calculated fraudulent misrepresentation by the lawyers in my opinion to encourage litigation and big fees in the hopes the citizens would not be able to litigate it all the way.

It is outrageous to allow private law firms to retain payments from taxpayer funds for their incompetence at best if not outright fraud that harmed private citizens based on the fraudulent misrepresentation that the Metroparks owned the land when a simple title insurance search and policy would have demonstrated the opposite.

Thus, the payments to the lawyers were improper uses of taxpayer funds and ought to be recovered from the law firms or the Board members who authorized the payments.