Saturday Ramblings~watch out for the snakes in the grasses

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The snake who conned a city

The bids are in for Mayor Tyler’s city-run EMS.  Waiting for the snake to bite and inject more venom into the veins of the City of Muncie.    How long will the people continue to sleep their lives away while Mayor Tyler and his group drain this city dry?  How long, folks?

We can’t say enough about how Tyler’s new employment agency is gearing up to fill those position with friends, relatives, and supporters.  What’s to say Tyler won’t show with his worried face and inform the people that he “just didn’t like those bids” and he is going back to his original plan.    No matter what he says, no one is in favor of any of Tyler’s plans.  Simply put we have a far more superior and experienced system and it’s called DCEMS.

The elected and appointed officials are working overtime.  So much so, the went back to a 40-year-old ordinance and suddenly a concern for the law swept over them.  On the advice of their attorney, the council moved the 1st meeting of the year to New Years Day.    Of course, it was their desire to follow the laws.  Laws are followed if it benefits their agenda.  What the council and mayor were hoping for a minimal show on a holiday.  That, of course, would have been their big surprise because everyone was prepared to attend. Council changed the ordinance to reflect holidays.

Next on the agenda is the landlord ordinance.   The one where you need to register the tenants of your rental properties or face a fine of up to $1,000.

Here’s the letter sent out to landlords from the property manager Cortney Walker. Letter to landlords fines

Here’s the ordinance to rescind the landlord ordinance.  Hopefully will go to vote at the city council meeting.

Ordinance to recsind

The city feels it is their business to know who is living in your house.  It’s for the good they claim.  Yet, a city council at-large member, Alison Quirk, sold her house in mid-June and move out prior to closing.  No one knows where for sure.  Some believe she was living in the county in a house owned by her father-in-law.  The city attorney was asked by councilperson and got no answer.  A citizen ran into the city attorney at WalMart and asked the same question.  Again no answer.  The city attorney is Quirk’s brother in law.  Later another citizen asked the same question, this time it was thought Quirk moved into her sister-in-law’s home.  With all these people asking where Quirk lived, the newspaper wrote a blip.

Walker/Roysdon Report: Muncie City Council member on the move

Nearly 70 days from the date her house closed (although they moved out prior to closing) and no one knew where she was living.  County or City?

IC 36-4-6-2 Common council; election; eligibility; term of office Sec. 2. (a) A common council, which is the city legislative body, shall be elected under IC 3-10-6 by the voters of each city. (b) A person is eligible to be a member of the legislative body only if the person meets the qualifications prescribed by IC 3-8-1-27. (c) Residency in territory that is annexed by the city before the person files a declaration of candidacy or petition of nomination is considered residency for the purposes of subsection (b), even if the annexation takes effect less than one (1) year before the election. (d) A member of the legislative body must reside within: (1) the city as provided in Article 6, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana; and (2) the district from which the member was elected, if applicable. (e) A member forfeits office if the member ceases to be a resident of the district or city.

When elected officials do business or act behind closed doors you can be guaranteed it isn’t above board.   She should be required to provide her change of address.  And she has no excuse to be ignorant of the State of Indiana constitution or State of Indiana law.  For that matter, city ordinance.

The city of Muncie is requiring you to provide information and yet City of Muncie officials don’t feel compelled to be open and honest with you.    And folks, there is a whole lot wrong with that…

 


 

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Saturday Ramblings – Politics Before People

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As you all know, Mayor Tyler is speeding towards a city-owned EMS.  Yes, if you haven’t yet heard, he is doing everything in his power to destroy a well-oiled County EMS service.  Why?  Of course, we know why.  Politics before people.

You may be thinking, “No way would Mayor Tyler even consider putting the citizens in danger.  He loves this great city per all of his public speeches.”  Would he destroy DCEMS because of politics?  Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

Immediately after Tyler lost his mayoral bid in 2003, he and his pal, Phil Nichols, were right back to the political games.  In a 2004 editorial “Lack of proper plan for fires scandalous”  the editorial board was referencing a letter two  Democrat County Commissioners authored,  The editorial states:

On Dec. 31, Stonebraker and St. Myer signed a letter to the city-county 911 dispatch center, ordering that Center Township trucks not be dispatched on emergency runs within the Muncie city limits. “(Some old-timers will remember) .

Stonebreaker, according to the editorial, said it wasn’t political at all.  Never mind they did everything in their power to make Republican Dick Shirey’s life miserable.   Definitely not political. (ROLLING EYES)

The editorial continued:

To deny political implications of the letter is to ignore the fact that chief architects of local Democratic policy are current party chairman Dennis Tyler and immediate past chairman Phil Nichols , both Muncie Fire Department officers. Their fingerprints are all over the letter, and they appear to have done little to discourage the animosity that exists between Muncie and Center Township fire departments.

Further evidence of political or government leaders being irresponsible is the report of five instances last fall when the Center Township department was not notified of 911 calls within its own territory. 

Take note, MP Readers:

Shirey, Crouch and other local officials have said they believed the best dispatching procedure would be to send the emergency response order to the department that is closest to the emergency as well as to the department with official jurisdiction.

That would best guard the safety of citizens and their property. Anything short of that devalues human life and is a dereliction of duty.

Dual-response is recognized policy in well-organized fire districts across the country. Firefighting experts, consulted last year by The Star Press, agreed that dual-response is a must for Muncie and Delaware County.

‘It’s not rocket science,” said one of the experts.

Everywhere, that is, except Muncie.

Source: Lack of proper plan for fires scandalous Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) – Sunday, January 25, 2004 Author/Byline: StaffSection: EditorialPage: 2D

So, if you think for one moment Mayor Tyler is all about keeping you safe and that his EMS service will be top-notch, dear friends, think again.  Tyler campaigned in ’03 and one of the big issues people had with him, among many,  was Phil Nichols.  Tyler hasn’t changed since then.  The difference between then and now it was much easier to hide his involvement prior to being mayor.  Not so much today.

To be continued…

 

Missing Larry Riley

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As we get closer to the November elections we are beginning to see the 214 Democrats hard at work.  

Earlier Muncie Politics wrote about the unintentional candidate for a position as a Democrat precinct committee member.  Although, no elected officials, not the County Clerk Mike King or the County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold and neither of the political party chairs felt the need to pursue how the unintentional candidate was able to beat the intentional candidate.  Score 1 for the local Democrat Headquarters.  How to unintentionally win a race

Next on the list is the swinging door for the commissioner’s race.  Phill Peckingpaugh withdrew early on – citing health issues.  The seat for commissioner remained unfilled for several months until Brock Reagan stepped up to run.   A few weeks later Reagan dropped from the race.  He cited lack of time and money. providing an opening for the third time in the commissioner’s race.

As luck would have it, the Democrats immediately found a replacement in Jason Donati,  MSD Stormwater educator, and MCS advisory board member.  Jason was nominated by Mayor Tyler for the new school board but wasn’t chosen.

Asked if he had another candidate to fill the commissioner vacancy on the fall ballot, Craycraft said, “They’re talking to some people.”  Candidate resigns another files

Wonder if “they” talked with Dave Ring?  He ran as a Democrat, albeit, an outsider.  Now Ring is running as an independent for commissioner.    

Here is the timeline of the commissioner’s race:

  1. Phil Peckinpaugh files and drops out.
  2. The position sits vacant for several months.
  3. Brock Reagan drops from the recorder’s race and runs as commissioner.
  4. Jason Donati is not appointed to the MCS school board.
  5. Reagan quickly resigns from the race.
  6. Dave Ring files as an independent.
  7. Democrats immediately pick Donati.

Let’s go back to 2012.  Todd Donati lost his bid for a second term as commissioner.  A few weeks later, Muncie Redevelopment director retires unexpectedly after 20 years.  As luck would have it Mayor Tyler appoints the former commissioner and longtime friend, Todd Donati to the position recently vacated…as luck would have it.

So why the blog title Missing Larry Riley?  We lack solid political commentary in this county.  No one gets to the meat of an issue.  Perhaps there is no need.  We all know what’s what in Delaware County politics.  Here is an example:

Yet we’re facing stranger times. Once Dennis Tyler took over the Muncie mayor’s office in 2012, and then saw no Republican opposition in his re-election, the floodgates opened up for people running Democratic Party Headquarters. Nothing stopped Democratic HQ from using reins of Muncie government for its own purposes, including to line pockets.
That’s what the FBI has been investigating since late in 2015, and resulted so far in one arrest, that of the Mayor’s building commissioner, the son of the man in the seat of power in Democratic Headquarters. That FBI investigation remains ongoing in Muncie, recently heating up.
I’ve always liked Dudley, and he’s always been cordial and willing to talk with me. But joining your star to that particular Headquarters, a corrupt party and city administration, is treacherous. Larry Riley May 1, 2018

The only way Delaware County is ever going to advance beyond the corruption, poverty, absence of fruitful economic development, and 214 political appointments is to vote NO! to anyone who is affiliated with the 214 mainstream Democrats.

  #No!to214Dems

How to unintentionally win a race

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A Saturday morning “huh”?
 
How can filing for a precinct committee position be “unintentional”? Easy.
 
You unintentionally go to the County Building and unintentionally visit the Clerk’s office.
 
You unintentionally ask for the papers so you can unintentionally be placed on the ballot.
 
You unintentionally complete and sign the registration papers.
 
You unintentionally tell two witnesses while working at the polls on the election day you didn’t know you were on the ballot.
 
Conclusion:
 
“Both (political) parties on the board believed her signatures matched and they had no issue with it,” Arnold said. “Her signature looked the same.”
 
Arnold added that his office would not conduct an investigation of the matter.
 
Results:
 
Fant who was an intentional candidate lost to Burkhart the chosen 214 Democrat who ran for the position unintentionally
This is crazy.

Don’t call any witnesses, instead, ask the unintentional candidate about her unintentional signature.

You might be thinking “Big deal. It’s only a precinct committee position.”  It’s a big enough deal that a former Democrat Chairperson and his sister removed a precinct candidate from the ballot.  Phil Nichols resigned his position, and his sister was the only person charged.  The candidate, of course, lost because he wasn’t on the ballot.

It is important to have Democrat precinct committee people who are on board with the local Democrat Headquarters leadership (elected and non-elected).  Because should an elected official be removed from office, death or resignation Headquarters needs to be assured the precinct committee members will vote for the leadership’s choice.

The party is notorious for election shenanigans and it seems they have been given another free pass.  And while we have the city council president complaining about the State taking away the people’s right to vote for school board candidates, the Delaware County Democrat party would be the last group to be genuinely concerned about your vote.

Please be mindful when you go to the polls in  November.

MCS Board Public Forum

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Tuesday, June 12th

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Muncie Central auditorium

Live stream Public Forum

Please click on the Timeline tab to access the live stream.

Tyler & Marshall: Let the politics begin (HB1315)

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Muncie newspaper published an article today with reactions from Muncie City Council President Marshall.  As well, Mayor Tyler voiced his concerns.  We would like to highlight some of best quotes and respond.

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Marshall: “We haven’t really made any decisions yet.”

MP: House Bill 1315 passed on May 14, 2018.  Council has done nothing in 15 calendar days. Although the same council was able to pass a 43% income tax in 14 days.  The same council was able to fast track DCEMS.  In other words, when the council wants to be expedient they will do so.

Marshall: “We want to make sure we do the best we can for this school board,” he said. “With our appointment, at least we will have a voice (on the board), a bigger voice.”

MP: Yet, they have sat on their collective rears and did nothing.  Sounds like doing their best, right?

Marshall: “Nobody reached out to council from Ball State that I know of, not to me as president,” he said. “Nobody’s reached out to me and said this is on the fast track.”

MP: Timeline was published and as an elected body one should take steps to prepare    If the council is ignorant on HB1315 that is of their own doing.  It’s not like HB1315 has been hidden from the public eye.  All of this has to be in place by July 1, 2018.  Ignorance of this bill is not the fault of the bill.  City Council is masters of fast-tracking when it benefits them.  Lame excuse.

Marshall: “I’m just one person,” Marshall said.. “I have to bring this before council, and it has to be done publicly. We have been accused of not doing things correctly. As president, I’m following an open forum. Everybody has input.”

MP: Eight other members and the MCS appointments never discussed?  Never?  Again, this council was able to pass a 43% income tax in 14 days.  They pulled together on the city-run EMS proposal.  Collectively they worked to keep information from the public.

Star Press: Marshall is still bitter about how the state government trifecata (the Republican Party holds the governorship and supermajorities in the House and Senate) “rammed” House Bill 1315 into law.

MP:  Like this administration and city council has done since 2012?  Muncie City Council has been under Democrat majority for decades. There is a plethora of “rammed” ordinances, spending and taxes in their history.

“The way the Statehouse came in here and did what they did, it seems like they want to do away with public education,” Marshall said.

MP: Marshall making another ridicules political statement hoping to redeem the council from their obvious inactivity and direct the conversation away from the real issue. City Administration and Council have done nothing to prepare for this major legislation.

Tyler: When Tyler said he received information from the state, he meant Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and his legal staff.

“There are still some areas not clear to us,” Tyler said. “It says we have the ability to nominate three, but it doesn’t say we couldn’t nominate just one or just two if we choose.”

MP: Mayor Dennis Tyler held the previous position of Indiana State Representative since 2006.  He was appointed to the House after Rep. Tiny Adams died.  He was elected in 2008 & 2010 until resigning to run for mayor in 2011. More than anyone he should have been on top of this bill.  Playing political games again with something as nonsensical as the number of nominations?  What legal staff is he referencing?  Is it the Indianapolis legal staff or is the Quirk -Hunter legal staff?

When Mayor Tyler won in 2011 he was asked if he would appoint any Republicans.  He laughed and said, “We have enough qualified Democrats.” (sic) . Has this changed?

 

 

 

 

Check out the EMS report from Dennis Tyler and other stuff

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Warning:  It’s a long study.

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Also, coming up is Mayor Tyler’s State of the City address.  Visit the City’s website here.   Hoping for a large turnout in support of DCEMS.  The City website still has the housing study which was discredited because of the false data.

May 7th – Muncie City Council meeting @7:30 PM.