Staff in the City Manager's Office maintains a current listing of downtown stakeholders which include building owners, property managers and/or residents. This list can be obtained by calling the City Manager's Office, or via email.
Sandusky has lost population for the past 25 years largely due to globalization, the national decline in manufacturing, and policy decisions made by the state and national governments which have harmed smaller urban areas.
Five years ago, Sandusky began changing its direction by aggressively investing in infrastructure, local job development and the city’s neighborhoods and successfully partnered with local businesses and institutions to create jobs and make Sandusky a better place to live and work.
It took a long time to get to where we were, and it will take time to grow back, but just this year we have seen $300 million of new investments in Sandusky, many new companies starting in town and many more employees hired. For the first time in many years, young people are looking to and relocating in Sandusky or returning home and finding employment.
The Pier was in poor condition and in need of a complete overhaul. It was also in violation of Homeland Security requirements and improvements to the Pier were involved in years-long negotiation. Its reconstruction was prioritized in the 2015 - 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and again by the Bicentennial Commission as they looked at potential legacy projects of the Bicentennial.
Funding comes from a variety of sources including funds from an urban renewal Tax Increment Financing district (which includes the Chesapeake Lofts). This money must be spent within a specific geographic boundary.
The other sources include a grant from the state, several private grants and the city's utility replacement account. Little general fund tax dollars are going toward the reconstruction of the Pier.
Prior to relocating City Hall offices to downtown Sandusky, all of the A/V equipment in use at our home on Meigs Street was moved to the new Commission Chambers. Additional equipment was then purchased and installed for this new facility.
Unfortunately, we have been experiencing technical issues with both the audio and video quality since the first Commission meeting (June 24) in our new home at 240 Columbus Avenue.
As of the end of August, we believe we have worked through these issues and the quality of our broadcasts should continue to be of the best quality, easy to view and hear both on Buckeye Broadband (Channel 76) and www.YouTube.com.
We have appreciated the public's patience during this transition.
The most recent video highlighting downtown Sandusky was done in partnership with Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and the city's portion was $4,206.66.
This video was created to play while people wait in line for roller coasters and is an excellent way to show Sandusky is just across the Bay and highlights our Best Coastal Small Town award given by USA Today.
Although some of the city’s Recreation programming does call for staff to oversee or supervise, we are not in a position to supervise city park areas where there is play equipment, including the skate park.
If there are issues or disturbances with children (or adults) at any public park or green space, we would urge calling the Sandusky Police Department’s Centralized Dispatcher so a Police Officer can respond to the situation. If juveniles are involved and the parents should intervene, they will make contact with them to resolve the situation.
A Drug "Take Back" drop box is available in the lobby of the Sandusky Police Department, 222 Meigs Street.
This is a collaborative effort of the Erie County Health Department, the Partners for Prevention of Erie County, the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Huron Police Department and the Vermilion Police Department.
This effort will provide a community safe from unwanted and expired drugs on the streets, in our neighborhoods and in the environment.
Through a partnership with Dell Computers, our local Goodwill store recycles computers and computer equipment. Donors may drop off used computers at any store or donation center in Erie, Huron, Ottawa or Sandusky Counties. These locations accept computers, hard drives, mice, monitors, printers, etc.
Donors are responsible for removing data from hard drives and other storage media before donating to Goodwill, and may request a receipt at the time of their donation.
Yes, the city offers curbside collection for its residents at a cost of $11.30 per month for the contract period April 1 through December 31 each year. The collection takes place each Friday at the curb in front of your home. The charges can be added directly to your monthly water bill or through a one-time annual charge of $101.70.
The Erie County Health Department registers haulers to provide refuse and recycling services in the city's corporate limits. Individual homeowners or business managers may contract with the hauler of their choice to provide these services.
City residents are invited to participate in a free yard waste drop off: Barnes Nursery 1630 Camp Road Huron, OH
Saturday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Proof of residency (driver’s license) must be presented upon drop off. Call 419.627.5884 with questions.
Alternatively, residents may also participate in the city’s yard waste collection program. This program is offered April 1 - December 31, each year at a cost of $11. 30 per month. Call 419.627.5893 for details about signing up for this service, or click here for signup form.
2019 is the first year the STS has contracted with Cedar Point to provide rides for their employees and the amount of this contract is $150,000.
Additionally, STS has a contractual agreement with Kalahari allowing them to purchase bulk discounted monthly passes for their employees which provides a great revenue source for the STS and has allowed for the expansion of some services and hours.
We also have contractual agreements with other agencies including, but not limited to, Erie County Board of Development Disabilities, Erie County Job & Family Services, Veterans Services, Serving our Seniors, the Sandusky City Schools and others, to provide transportation to and from jobs. We continue to expand this customer base.
Under the right conditions, STOP signs can play an important role in traffic safety. However, STOP signs installed in the wrong place usually create more problems than they solve. Many requests are received for STOP signs to interrupt traffic or slow traffic down. However, studies across the nation show that there are a high number of intentional violations when STOP signs are installed as nuisances or speed breakers.
Stop signs are installed at an intersection only after a careful engineering evaluation of the existing conditions indicates that their installation is appropriate. Four-way STOPS are only helpful when traffic volumes are high and close to equal on all approaches to an intersection, or if there are geometric deficiencies creating sight distance problems.
As a policy, the City of Sandusky will not install "No Dumping" signs.
Dumping is not permitted within the public right-of-way for any reason at any time; therefore, posting a "No Dumping" sign at a particular location can be misunderstood that dumping may be allowed elsewhere.
A sign will not stop a violator from dumping refuse at a location. Report violators to the appropriate law enforcement and/or code enforcement agency.
It is a common myth that posting slower speed limit signs forces drivers to slow down and will result in fewer traffic accidents. National research has shown the prevailing traffic conditions and the type of street, not the posted speed limit, influence drivers.
Speed studies are conducted to help set the speed limits. If an unreasonably low speed limit is posted, many drivers tend to ignore and violate the signs. There are some drivers who, on the other hand, always try to stay within the posted speed limit. This can cause conflict between faster and slower drivers, resulting in more accidents.
Traffic engineering studies help to determine the prevailing speed of most drivers using a certain street. Additionally, the studies take into account accident records and road conditions. An appropriate speed limit is then set based upon this data.
Traffic signals do not prevent crashes. Engineering studies have shown that in many instances, total intersection crashes increase after a traffic signal is installed. Certain types of crashes are susceptible to correction by installation of traffic signals, however, overall the number of crashes increase.
When determining whether or not a traffic signal is necessary at a specific location, an evaluation of the candidate location (called a signal warrant study) is conducted to determine the answers to the following questions:
How much traffic is there on the intersecting streets?
Are high levels of traffic consistent throughout the day or just during a few hours?
Is there a lot of pedestrian traffic?
Is the street a wide, high speed and busy thoroughfare?
Are school children crossing the street?
Will a signal improve the flow of traffic or cause gridlock with other nearby signals?
The signal warrant study collects all of the relevant data at a location that is being considered for a traffic signal. Once the data are collected, they are compared to standards established by extensive research and experience and documented in the latest edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. These standards, called "Traffic Signal Warrants" are used by traffic engineers throughout the United States to help determine appropriate signal locations.
A properly placed signal can improve the safety and efficiency of flow through an intersection. An unnecessary signal can be the source of danger and annoyance to all who use the intersection including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. It can also increase air pollution and cause driver frustration if there is not much traffic on the major street.
Satisfaction of the signal warrants do not necessarily justify installation of a traffic signal. Other, more appropriate solutions should be considered prior to considering installation of a traffic signal. Spacing between signals is always a major concern beyond the basic warranting analysis and should be carefully reviewed before deciding on installation of a new signal.
Improvements to the north side of Perkins Avenue are in the city's Capital Plan several years in the future. When undertaken, these improvements will also include extensive water and sewer work under the roadway and in the rights-of-way.
Our Public Works Director and his staff have determined it is in the city's best interest to do the road work simultaneously with these water and sewer projects. Erie County is doing the Perkins Avenue project and we informed them it did not make sense for us to participate in resurfacing the north side of Perkins Avenue at this time (2019). They opted to proceed with the south side of that roadway.
This will allow us to proceed in making repairs to other roadways which are in worse condition first, and according to our priority list.
We are awaiting the results of a traffic analysis being finalized by Erie County which includes Butler Street (study area is Cleveland Road between Sycamore Line and Rye Beach Road), prior to making decisions about improvements to this roadway.
These signs will be up seasonally, not including the winter season, and have been welcomed by residents. They are to test traffic calming measures and reduce speeding while enhancing pedestrian safety.
We will continue to explore improvements which we believe will help create a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment.
The meter is read by computer. All the meter reader needs to do is touch the lid covering the meter. If there is a malfunction in reading we receive a report and have the meter re-read. Check account for increase in usage.
The City of Sandusky gives partial credit for underground leaks only. This leak does not classify as an underground leak and no credit will be applied. You will want to get the leak fixed as soon as possible.
If your usage is constant (you use about the same each month), your bill will remain the same. Once every few months you may see an increase in consumption because you are not billed for tenths. Meters work very similar to a car’s odometer.
A monthly bill is really for the customer’s benefit. It allows us to audit the monthly readings to determine if there has been an abnormal increase in water consumption. This will help owners find leaks or other problems quicker and can save money. It also allows us to collect unpaid accounts in a much more efficient manner.
The City of Sandusky is an aggregator for residents and small commercial customers for the generation portion of their electric bills each month. Currently, FirstEnergy Solutions is the generation service provider.
As a member of this aggregation program, residents are guaranteed to save six percent off of their "Price to Compare" through April, 2022. Small commercial customers are guaranteed to save four percent off of their “Price to Compare”.
To estimate your savings per kilowatt hour through this program, locate your Price to Compare on your electric bill. Divide your Price to Compare by 100, then multiply by these percentage discounts. The final number is how much you can expect to save each month you use the same amount of electricity.
Generally, we do not like to say there is a minimum front footage requirement because we want to see lots redeveloped. The city's Board of Zoning Appeals may consider a variance, if necessary, on very tight lots. For more details, call or Planning Division, or send them an email.