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Resignation, accusations and thanks all given at Tuesday’s Port Clinton City Council meeting

An array of topics were covered at the Tuesday, August 26 meeting of Port Clinton City Council. This was the second meeting of council where public comments were moved to the beginning of the meeting. Among the public comments were comments regarding a previous article ran in The Beacon about the continuation of a group called Friends for Port Clinton. In the article Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone was quoted as saying if CORD’s ballot initiative passes (where citizens vote in the handling of city park affairs), it could affect future events and festivals in Port Clinton.

Rick Noderer, a member of CORD, spoke saying that in the copies of event forms that have been approved by the City states nowhere that the form is a lease. Noderer then quoted The Beacon article stating that the mayor said events and festivals in Port Clinton will fall victim under the initiative if passed.

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Are the citizens misrepresented or have they spoken?

When questions from the audience were taken at Tuesday night’s Port Clinton City Council meeting, some interesting discussion occurred between resident and C.O.R.D. (Citizens Organized for Responsible Development) member Don Finke and Councilman Mike Snider. Finke addressed council asking if they thought citizens should have a right to vote on the sale or lease of City park land (referring to the C.O.R.D. petition that is circulating about the subject). 

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“There is energy in this city”

Front row (L to R): Cole Hatfield, Vince Leone, Linda Hartlaub, Senator Randy Gardner, Margaret Phillips, Edna Hansen. Back row (L to R): Gabe Below, Lisa Sarty, Mike Snider, Ron Auckerman, Jerry Tarolli, Nicole DeFreitas.

Senator Randy Gardner stopped by to make a special appearance at the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday, April 22. After the regular business of the council meeting, Senator Gardner took the time to say a few words regarding his thoughts on what is happening in Port Clinton.

"There is energy in this city," said Senator Gardner. "Things are happening here. It's not the state's place to tell a city council how to govern, but I can see the positivity between people of the city and the council. The Madison Street transportation plan appears to me to be a strong project. There are other issues to be decided in this community and that will come along with time."

"This community has seen tough times, but there is potential here," said Gardner. "I want to show my support for positivity."

Mayor Vince Leone thanked Senator Gardner for his participation in the Madison Street downtown revitalization plan.

"The leadership here has presented a strong case," said Gardner. "I am optimistic. There have been differences in the past, but I hope that Port Clinton can move past that."

Senator Gardner also visited a Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting this week.

At the last city council meeting, which was held April 8, council made a motion to apply for grants to fund the six million dollars needed to go forward with Washington Properties and their proposed plan for the development of Waterworks Park. Seeing the need to take action, council motioned to wave the three readings of the proposition to apply for the grants. This would enable the grants to be applied for more quickly and council felt that was imperative for application.

The next council meeting will be held on May 6 at 7:30 in the council chambers.

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