This is a picture taken of Dennis Tyler in October 2011. In case you are wondering what he looks like, follow the arrow. Please pay special attention to the sign on the side of the car. Dennis Tyler for Mayor.
Where is the Mayor of Muncie? He’s not in Urbana, IL He was visiting there around this time last year.
I don’t know where he was last night. I can tell you where he wasn’t.
Mayor Dennis Tyler was absent from the public hearing on the rate hikes proposed by Muncie Sanitation. The citizens of Muncie, Indiana had no representation, no mayor and no legal counsel, either. Nada, zip, zero.
Yes, folks, Mayor Dennis Tyler didn’t speak for you. Heck, he didn’t even bother to send his legal counsel with a counter offer or any negotiation tools. The only representation came from the citizens. And I can tell you, it didn’t carry much weight.
Liberty Township and Delaware County Regional Wastewater districts had someone to represent their best interests. Attorney Mark Abrell argued in their defense and the end result saw a negotiated price.
Muncie City was not that fortunate. There were no Quirks standing in the gap with a compelling financial reason, no mayor to defend or plead the cause of those he promised to represent once elected.
Mayor Dennis Tyler said he hoped to talk to Muncie Sanitary District officials about the plan and possible breaks for MSD customers.
“We would like to see some way to phase this in,” Tyler told The Star Press on Wednesday. “We have so many people out of work, this will be devastating to them.” SP 2-9-12
It looks as if Mayor Dennis Tyler’s hope for breaks never materialized. In fact, Dennis Tyler’s name never came up. The rate hikes were the same on March 6, 2012 at the public hearing as they were when the February 9, 2012 article appeared in the newspaper.
What’s he been doing?
Excuse me for being cynical, but the project is expected to be $168,000,000.00 and substantial rate increases for every customer. You need to ask yourself why Dennis Tyler is silent and absent. A good mayor would be questioning this project, but a mayor that is a “good old boy” may look at it in a different light.
“It’s not going to be a ‘good old boy’s club,'” Tyler said about the first Democratic city administration in 20 years.
Asked if he expected to name any Republican department heads, Tyler laughed a little and said, “I doubt it. We have more than enough qualified Democrats.” SP 11-27-11
Later in the same article Dennis Tyler said both the city and the county were controlled by one party. His party. He said with that control comes “expectations”. We would be “pleasantly surprised”.
He never had much of a campaign platform. He doesn’t have a clear-cut agenda for the city. And his six years as State Representative was lackluster. So there isn’t a level of expectation. We knew he would fill positions with his good old boy club, simply because that’s the pattern for decades.
The big campaign issue was the closing of 9th & 10th street crossings, and he wasn’t able to speak to that issue. He didn’t attend last night’s public hearing, either.
Dennis Tyler – What’s your plan?