2018 – almost over

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We’re halfway thru the holidays and almost finished with 2018.    It’s been a year!  Of course, we often say “It’s been a year” no matter what year it is.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.36.56 PMIn 2018 Mayor Tyler’s dream was to have his very own EMS.  In 2018 he is canceling the 911 contract.   And in 2018 we’re seeing his 43% income tax did add new revenue to the city coffers.  However,  even with his increased taxes, Mayor Tyler simply outspent more than he took in.   Is it possible Muncie City simply can not afford 911?   Nor can we afford his EMS.  We simply can not afford a corrupt government system with Tyler at the helm.  Let’s just say, no Democrat supported by Dem Headquarters will be fit to serve as mayor.  Party before people, then, now and forever.

You all were warned about the future prospect of having Dennis Tyler as mayor.  Looky, it’s all come to pass.  No one was clairvoyant, instead, we simply looked at his history.

Mayor Sharon McShurley or Dennis Tyler?

So, that being said, let’s move on to the jail issue.

Both the City of Muncie and Delaware County is facing the new jail project.  The County is looking at borrowing $45 million to upgrade the former Wilson School.  We certainly need all the facts, no doubt about it.  Not just costs, but alternatives.    No one has full disclosure on the project so at this point it is simply opinions based on incomplete information.

Conjecture.

The Delaware County Commissioners held a public hearing.  In addition, a public forum at the Cornerstone and neither netted much additional information.   The public hearing and the public forum both within days of each other had nearly the same attendance.  No one walked away with new information at either one.

While the residents of the county are facing millions of dollars for the new jail project, the city taxpayers will be footing that bill along with the debt the city has amassed over the past six years.

A critic of the jail, Jason Donati, quoted the cost will be $92 million (the next 25 years).  Add to this figure the debt of Muncie’s $66 million (for the remaining 21 years-if the city doesn’t take on any more debt) and we will be bearing a whopping $158 million in debt.  For the jail and for the Mayor’s spending.    To put it in perspective.  City taxpayers will be paying for Muncie debt and the jail.  Whereas the county will only be liable for the jail debt.  But if Muncie can’t afford the 911 contract, the county will need to pick that up or decrease services.

Muncie debt 12-13-18

Can you say…problem?  Todd Donati, Muncie Redevelopment director weighed in, too.    He cited property tax back-up for jail.  “I might add that for the lease to be effective for that long, the developer is asking for a property tax back up on the funds. This would change the perception as to whether this could effect property taxes.”

Source: Star Press comments 12-12-18 Opinion

You would be hard-pressed to disagree with Todd Donati except for the fact, property taxes have never bothered him in the past.  Not as a county council member, a county commissioner or the city’s redevelopment director.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF), especially in this county, is a thorn in our sides.    When an area is designated a TIF district any additional property taxes gets dumped into a fund to be spent with very little oversight and often not even in the specific TIF district.  A few years ago, MRC combined the TIF districts into one pool of money.  But, enough about TIF.  It is for another time.

Todd’s favorite line: “It won’t cost the taxpayers a dime”.  You know it will.  All revenue comes from some form of tax paid by the citizens.  Period.

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In closing, before one can have a public forum, they must have something to “forum” on.  In other words, we need concrete information.  Otherwise, we’ll waste our time hearing what we already know.

Source: Muncie Star Press 12-11-18

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Delaware County Indiana Races 2018

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It has been brought to our attention certain devices are not working with the website.  We are looking into the issue and apologize for any inconvenience.  10-30-18

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Saturday Ramblings: If the election were today…

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O.K. So what if the election were held today.   If you feel so inclined, cast your vote.  Or not.   Please remember this is not an actual vote, it is only an exercise or a poll, as it were.  If we have the time, we may add the other races.  Have fun!  Leave a comment if you feel so inclined.

 

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…

 


 

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.