For those of us which have been following Delaware County finances and government for the past few years, it has been one financial disaster after another.
At the end of 2009, Delaware County Treasurer, John Dorer, stood before County Council unable to borrow $10.5 million dollars to stay out of the red. Eventually, the county found three separate institutions to loan us the money. This same year Delaware County received a windfall of $8 million dollars from the Welfare levy. The bond rating for our county dropped resulting in a higher interest rate on borrowing.
In 2009, Larry Bledsoe , County Commissioner, contacted Jake Dunnuck, Drainage Board attorney, requesting Dunnuck obtain a ruling from the State of Indiana on then current surveyor’s practice of awarding contracts without bids, formal quotes or plans. Contracts were awarded to the surveyor’s stepson who was the deputy chief in the surveyor’s office.
No response from Jake Dunnuck.
Bledsoe brought to the attention of commissioner Todd Donati the county watershed funds were depleted and running in the red. Bledsoe wanted a resolution and said he would not sign off on any future spending. Commissioner Todd Donati turning his back on Bledsoe promised he would sign off if Bledsoe didn’t. A complaint was filed with the Attorney General by Bledsoe. Greg Zoeller responded the matter needed to go before the county attorney, Mike Quirk. Read the rest of this entry »
As a child we were entertained with reading fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson and a wide variety of fantastic authors. Fairy Tales held some high moral ground like integrity, honesty, compassion and character which was a reoccurring theme and easily defined. Of course, we are now adults, and for the most part, know we can’t ride a magic carpet or sleep for 100 years…still we can take the lessons taught and apply it today.
One of my favorite tales was about an Emperor who loved to style. Hans Christian Anderson wove an intricate tale of a man who loved his clothes. One day two rogue designers came to the city, selling their ability to weave magnificent garments with the most unbelievable colors. Of course, the Emperor was intrigued and imagined himself arrayed in splendor. This was a “must” buy and commissioning of the suit began. He sent an officer of the court to examine the progress of his robes but, the looms were empty. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark you calendar for the 6th District Congressional Republican Debate hosted by:
Ball State College Republicans
When: Tuesday April 17, 2012
Where: Pruis Hall ~ Ball State University
Time: 7:00 PM
BSU GOP Media Kit (PDF of the event)
Folks, I’m not going to make this a fancy blog with pictures tonight. I am sick of heart, my hands are shaking.
Do you love children? Do you love the wide-eyed innocence, the laughter? Do you think they should be protected at all costs? Do you think public awareness on child abuse and prevention should be increased?
Well, I do. Everyone I know thinks this way, too.
The annual Prevent Child Abuse of Delaware County vigil is being held Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at Muncie City Hall. That’s the good news.
Here’s the bad news.
Kim Dowling, a local attorney, was asked to emcee the event. Mayor Dennis Tyler was also scheduled to speak.
Dennis Tyler threatened to cancel the event out of City Hall if Kim Dowling was the emcee.
For those who don’t understand the implications, let me spell it out for you. Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler has taken this event and he politicized it. That’s what he has been doing since he was sworn in, playing political games. However, this is inexcusable because this is a vigil for child abuse prevention and has no place in his petty political shenanigans.
Kim Dowling is a Democrat candidate for Judge in District 2. Anna Quirk Hunter, a Democrat, is running for the same seat. The Quirk firm is the city attorney and was a strong supporter during Tyler’s campaign. Get the connection now?
Just a new story about 214. I was supposed to emcee the Prevent Child Abuse Vigil at City Hall in April, because Marianne has another event she needs to be at. Dennis Tyler was scheduled to present a proclamation at the event. He found out that I am the emcee and threatened to cancel the vigil out of city hall. Marianne tried to get him to be reasonable and back off but he wouldn’t. So I’m no longer the emcee. Typical 214. Just thought you would want to know, feel free to pass it on.
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Why should Cary Malchow be Delaware County’s next commissioner? There are a variety of reasons supporting Malchow as the best person for the job. For the sake of time, let’s look at one of the recent financial expenditures of our elected commissioners.
June of 2009, The Delaware County Redevelopment Commission voted to spend $645,000 in property tax revenue on streetlights and an additional $255,000 on a wind turbine. By now, we all know the majority of street lights are not functioning properly, and the remainder is being stored at Borg Warner. We haven’t gotten the jobs promised and although the County paid for the wind vane in full, we haven’t yet received it.
No matter, the county is suing for reimbursement of the wind turbine/vane. Don’t expect the bucks anytime soon.
You may be wondering what Cary Malchow has to do with VAT and why he should be the next County Commissioner. Here is your answer. Malchow has been a permanent fixture at nearly every Redevelopment meeting. He has been following the VAT saga from the beginning.
I often review City Council minutes and as far back as September 2009, Malchow was questioning Morrison TIF monies and VAT. Malchow had given City Council a copy of the contract and asked if the City Council felt comfortable in using city tax dollars at Park One, six miles outside of the Morrison TIF district.
At the time Malchow was voicing his concern with City Council, the contract with VAT had not been signed. However the Delaware County Commissioners had already began making payments totaling over $1,350,000.00. (Three payments of $450,000.00 each.)
City Council like their counterparts County Council and County Commissioners ignore the concerns of citizens and in this case it cost us $1.5 million green backs.
Cary asked the County Commissioners to seek reimbursement of the $255,000, which they have, although with no success. It’s a classic case of Buyer Beware. Investing tax dollars in a product you have yet to receive or paying before the contract is finalized is not good practice.
“You can sit there all day and ask questions,” Donati told Malchow at one point. “We’re going to give you the same answers. You can’t get blood from a turnip.”
Source: Delaware County officials cited millions in debt from the failed streetlight maker SP 3-23-12
Donati complained about the perceptions surrounding VAT were negative and all the county wanted to do was jump on the “green bandwagon”. Despite his willingness to be green, the simple truth is Delaware County invested $1.3 million of our green BEFORE the contract was even sealed.
The logical question to ask is why wouldn’t Todd Donati, a veteran county council member prior to being elected as commissioner, understand you don’t invest tax dollars before a contract is signed?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.
Scott Alexander spoke at the Bowen Center – Institute on Political Participation, March 25th, 2012. The Institute on Political Participation began in 1981 to encourage students and citizens to become involved in the political process and engage in civic duties. Every year the Institute holds a two-day seminar where attendees have the opportunity to listen, learn and interact with key people in public office, media, political analysts and private sector leaders.
Scott Alexander is a leader. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »