Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (C.O.R.D.) have gathered 280 signatures, more than the required 175, in support to put their initiative ordinance on the ballot for November. The petitions were handed over to Port Clinton City Auditor, Cole Hatfield, on Tuesday, June 24.
“According to Ohio law, I am to hold the petitions for ten days and then I am to submit a certified copy to the Board of Elections,” said City Auditor Hatfield. “The Board of Elections then examines the petition, checking signatures, which is protocol for every petition, and then a certified letter is sent to me stating the petition’s validity and the initiative will be put on the ballot in November.”
C.O.R.D.’s initiative states that, if adopted, there will be a required public vote on any proposed sale or lease of any city park land. If the ordinance passes in November, that means another vote would have to be cast on the next election to see what the public wants to do with Waterworks Park before any ground can be broken or any progress on development moves forward. As of now, according to Mike Rose of Washington Properties, their projected time to start the project is spring of 2015.
“Several C.O.R.D. members would like to see a trust fund established before city officials start seeing dollar signs in their dreams,” said C.O.R.D. spokesman Don Finke.
For more information on C.O.R.D. or to read their initiative ordinance, visit savewaterworkspark.org.