Cut the CORD from Port Clinton’s future

Jul 23, 2014


In reading Bob Walls’ letter to the editor recently, he stated, “If you love Port Clinton, then you will love CORD” Be informed that I love Port Clinton dearly but I, Mr. Walls, do not love CORD.

This committee does not understand what progress means —jobs, a solid tax base, growth and future dreams.

As I stated in a previous Sandusky Register article, “Three strikes and you’re out” You already turned down beautification of the waterfront/waterworks park by the Jet Express and they moved — where were you then?

They were trying to do something you are now opposing. Your facts are not right, and there are more people than you know who want support of jobs, new businesses, etc.

Where is CORD’s plan? If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The last turnaway cost the city $7 million in tax revenue every year.

Do you know what $7 million could do? Fix alleys, new recreation facilities (city pool) and other great things for the residents.

CORD, what do you have to offer except opposition?

Have you mentioned what the city has already done? The answer is no. Phase I and II have completed the Madison and Jefferson street piers, new traffic signals, rehabilitation of the sewer plant, new water and sewer lines, street repairs and the new water tower at the high school to give the town protection in case of an emergency.

You continue to focus on anything that deals with the waterfront.

We have elected officials: our mayor and city council. Let them do their job. They want the city to grow. Our population is decreasing because we have no jobs from the loss of industry. People of Port Clinton, we need to keep our children here with jobs.

Our schools are wonderful and we have a five-star hospital (Magruder). These are great. Thanks for USG, Port Clinton Manufacturing and all the other city-based businesses that support our town. It’s too bad Catawba and surrounding areas cannot vote on issues in the city when many work here and have businesses here. Check with them; they want progress. We are the county seat city. It’s time we take a stand for good government and send a message to CORD that enough is enough and to move forward. Mayor and council, stand firm and do what is best for all those who feel this way.

CORD is not running the city, you are.

—Thomas Brown
Former mayor of Port Clinton Port Clinton



Here's an idea Tom: PC should annex Catawba and Portage townships so the jobs and residents that fled PC under your leadership can pay income taxes to Port Clinton since you claim they want a say in how the city is run.

Also, I recall you were the leader that ran the Jet Express out of the Park and refused their generous offer to help start a transient marina at the end of the Jefferson Pier. You and 4 other not so bright city leaders turned them down in favor of the Island Express Boat Lines desire to dock at that pier over the large objections of the business community. You'll recall that one year later, that company couldn't pay its bills just like it didn't pay its bills to the City of Sandusky and Erie County and the dock sat empty.

You blindly want to lease with little guarantees probably the most valuable piece of Lake Front property in the state to a developer who will put in more Condo's despite the fact that there are over 90 Condos for sale in PC at the present time. There's no transient marina though this would be crucial to making PC a destination for desirable people and would enhance the property.

Let's face it the proposal will not create long term good jobs but will be a short term benefit to real estate agents, lawyers and other paper pushers. You create good jobs by creating an environment that is welcoming of creative people and businesses. You had an opportunity to create an architectural control board that would ensure the lake front was developed with a theme and attractive buildings. You had plenty of opportunities to go after grants and develop a waterfront entertainment district or museums connected to PC's history of shipbuilding or Lake Erie history

However, as a long time bureaucrat you and many others whose only claim is a government job or something their grand dad did, have no idea how to do that but only how to ask what is in it for me in the short term. Furthermore, you have the audacity to attack residents of the city without providing any factual support for exercising their rights by placing an ordinance that will allow the residents of Port Clinton and not a outside profiteers from deciding what do with their property.

I don't see how you can possibly be any more un American.


That's how I remember it ... City of Port Clinton (Tom Brown) did not renew the Jet's contract in 2001. C.O.R.D was established in 2007 when the city of P.C (Tom Brown) put a FOR SALE sign on Water Works Park to turn it into a water park which by the way has since gone bankrupt in Indianapolis, with the prime property being foreclosed upon by the banks.
Sounds like a plan Babo, lets annex Catawba, so they can vote Tom!


Port Clinton...
I disagree with the need for a transient marina because PC is off the boating routes .. and that boating is no longer a growth industry because of fuel and participation costs.
Pc also suffers from a certain mayors' penchant for allowing subsidized housing which then became occupied by drug dealers and other undesirables from places like Toledo and drives the need for more policemen at about $100k each year. Add to that the cost of processing these criminals. Also add the reduced quality of life and concern for personal safety.

This is a losing scenario, and one that PC formerly was not experiencing.