Saturday ramblings: City of Muncie – in trouble?

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Dennis Tyler at Homecoming

By now everyone in Delaware County and outwards has heard the news, Muncie Building Commissioner has been arrested and charged with 33 felonies.  He is on unpaid leave.

You may remember when Nichols’ company billed and was paid to demolish four buildings.  There were no buildings on these four properties.  Several people commented on social media the buildings had been demolished during Mayor McShurley’s administration.  She lost to Tyler in 2011.

In an attempt to cover up the fraudulent invoices,  Nichols claimed it was a mistake and submitted new invoices.  Journalist Larry Riley penned a column citing there were no demolition permits attached to the paperwork.  Mayor Tyler took no action.

Reviewing the Board of Public Works none of the 2015 minutes are available as of 2-18-17.  According to the indictment, many of the violations occurred in 2015.

Board of Public Works

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Muncie City Board of Public Works approves payment of submitted invoices.  The president of BOW is John Quirk and his law firm represents the City of Muncie as well.  January 13, 2016, minutes reflects approval of a change order presented on behalf of the City of Muncie for Nichols company Capitol Consulting and Property Management in the amount of $14,000 bringing the total of services billed to $88,950.00.  bow-jan-13-2016-minutes-1 Read the rest of this entry »

SPECIAL HEARING!

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Muncie’s City Council is holding a “SPECIAL HEARING” on their proposed rental property registration ordinance this coming Monday evening, December 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Muncie City Hall auditorium!!!
ALL City of Muncie investment property owners and renters will be subject to this new ordinance whereas the City of Muncie will force properties to be registered and subject to inspection! (see the attached ordinance)
There is already ordinances, the Delaware County Building Commissioner and the Delaware County Health Department established to protect citizens from unhealthy conditions and substandard housing. This new legislation is nothing more than to create more bureaucracy, new revenues through additional fees and expand local government that already can’t pay it’s own way or enforce the existing ordinances already on the books.
Be there if you want to be heard!

The Mayor and the Chief -the end of a friendship?

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Dennis Tyler at HomecomingMayor Tyler of the City of Muncie is disputing the split with the former chief of police and the city.

The Mayor provided a statement to the local newspaper unsigned, no city letterhead and delivered by an attorney.  What’s that all about?  Who issues a public statement like this?

Read it here:

Mayor disputes cause of split with ex-chief

 

Attention: Landlords and Muncie

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The City of Muncie is toying with a registry for rental properties.  Currently, they are looking at a $5.00 fee.  How long do you think it will stay at $5.00?

The ordinance is being introduced on Monday (12-5) at Muncie City Hall – 7:30 PM.

Meanwhile, the citizens of the city paying the attorney fees for a lawsuit against several city employees, under an FBI investigation and has lost or is losing two State grants.

Just last year the Mayor and City Council passed a 43% income tax in 14 days.  The director of Muncie Redevelopment Commission tried to get an ordinance introduced and passed to give his condo property a tax abatement.

And get this…the Mayor is upset with a company who managed the city pool because the business owner is not providing the city with the company’s financials.  The city is on the hook for $96,000.00.  Under normal circumstances, you would consider this good government.  Watching out for tax dollars, right?  Except it is not the case for this administration.

This has been the murkiest and crony oriented government this city has ever seen.

City of Muncie proposes rental registry

 

 

 

 

Saturday morning rambling: 3 Reasons in 3 Days

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Just three reasons in three days  why Delaware County has such a bad reputation.

In this article, the Mayor of Muncie has his superintendent report on a grant error.  The mayor goes on to lie about it. Why would a candidate running for county commissioner, Duke Campbell, try to remove grant funding for a county he was looking to serve?  He was told to do it, that’s why.  Will he serve at the pleasure of the mayor or the pleasure of the people?  A political stunt with the potential to backfire.

City told state the of an error to jeopardize grant funding

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A day or so earlier, this article appeared about the voter registrations investigated by the Indiana State police.  I mean, 25% of the registrations were improper and it is considered a “small” amount.  Does anyone care about the integrity of our elections.

1 in 4 registrations rejected

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In the third article, we find the city’s building commissioner is citing the GOP for campaign signs on their property.  Which depending on how you read State law it could be a violation.  However, the building commissioner, Craig Nichols, currently under investigation by the FBI, has been in this position for eight election cycles and never thought to violate the GOP until a few days ago.

GOP chairman claims harassment by city over signs

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Closing thoughts, can we just get through one local election without the very appearance of impropriety?