Stop being so darn rude

Oct 14, 2013


What's wrong with the city of Sandusky's organizational chart? 

There's no organization to it. 
What's wrong with an organizational chart that has no organization? 
Nothing gets done. Nobody can be held accountable. There's always an out, a misunderstanding, or an excuse.  
The latest non-response from the city to an inquiry from the public involves the Fraternal Order of Police and its February 2012 request that the city name the new west end overpass in honor of fallen Sandusky police officer Andrew Dunn. 
We're not endorsing the request, nor are we rejecting it. That's not ours to decide. It might not even be a decision for the city to make. 
But this request, like too many before, went unanswered. The FOP deserved a response from the city. It's just plain rude not to reply.
A request from the NAACP in early 2012 never got a response from the city. 
The inquiry from Erie County commissioners about opening a dialogue about the potential of moving City Hall administrative offices to the County Administration Building downtown never got a response. For all anyone knows city officials never even opened the envelope in which the inquiry was mailed. 
City commission's audit and finance committee — a group of dedicated and professional volunteers — schedules a meeting to review the city's tenuous budget and the city manager is a no-show, without even as much  phone call to them saying she would not attend. 
We won't even mention all the unanswered inquiries from the Register; there are too may to list.
We're not blaming city commissioners for not responding to these inquiries, but we do think they should stop condoning the rudeness. 
Get your house in order, we say, and stop accepting the excuses and start demanding accountability from the city's administrator. 
In the end, residents are at the top of the city's organizational chart and we deserve better. 

Everybody has an opinion; Don't miss ours

Sunday: We like you, too, Mr. DeWine

Monday: Stop being so darn rude 

Tuesday: Gangs, or not gangs 

Wednesday: No man is an island 

Thursday: Erie County's dynamic duo strikes again 

Friday: Send us your thumbs, up or down, to




As a rule the agenda for a public body is set by the Chief Officer in cooperation with legal counsel usually the prosecutor or law director depending on the public body. If items are not being addressed or responses not provided(and you're correct it is rude and unprofessional); the fault lies with City Manager Ard AND Law Director Icsman.

In fact Law Director Icsman has a track record dating back to 1999 of being rude, (some might say abusive and hostile), to the public with concerns and request for acountability. There is no disputing the fact that he is the one constant through all the trials and tribulations of the City of Sandusky for the last 15 years.


In some cultures, to not answer is the polite (and face-saving) way of saying "no."


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Stop It

Ithink must have said what he/she thought?

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I totally agree with this, but also must say I agree that the CM's attitude is getting out of control. She does not keep appointments (even with citizens), rarely comments when spoken to directly and does not seem to have much to say in "general" when it comes to anything within the confines of this city.

I have defended her in the past, but even MY patience is being worn thin by her lack of cooperation with others, failure to comment when spoken to (and not by the SR alone) and her alleged sloppy organizational skills.

Perhaps it is time to lay down the law with her Comissioners and enforce a deadline on improvements she needs to make. "Do this by this time" or you will be job seeking. If she is failing in her job skills this badly, then send her packing.

As for the FOP suggestions, I have to disagree that only one person's name (if any) belongs on the overpass. Many fine options were given several days back. To have the FOP keeping beating the drum on this is unfair to others whose demise was untimely but just as honorable.


"We won't even mention all the unanswered inquiries from the Register; there are too may to list"
So do you want the commissioners improving the city, or do you want them sitting around anwering Register inquiries all day? You can't have it both ways. I've seen some of the Register's requests on Commisioner Smith's Facebook page. Responding to the Register every time they come snooping around would be a full-time job in and of itself!