Muncie City

An Evening with Larry Riley

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Having you been missing Larry Riley’s columns from the local newspaper?  If so, you won’t want to miss this event.

The Rest of the Story – An Evening with Larry Riley

When: May 29th, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Kennedy Library

1700 W McGalliard Rd, Muncie, IN

Get directions

We know Memorial Weekend is busy, so even if you can’t make it at 6:30 PM, the doors will be open during the event.  Bring your questions.

Hope to see you!

Construction halted on Muncie’s Love canal

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IDEM has shut down construction on the former Indiana Wire & Steel property pending further investigation.

Some highlights from the newspaper article:

  • Under a variety of agreements and plans for the site, prohibitions against disturbing the surface of the property, including concrete pads, have long been in place. The prohibitions were even referred to during a March 2016 public presentation when a designer for the site said an elevated grassy area would be created “because we can never dig down … that’s our history.”
  • That history — and those prohibitions — were apparently forgotten or disregarded recently, however.
  • “If you drive past, you’ll see things starting to move around and get busy out there,” Tyler said in touting the project. “Construction has started and when it’s complete, it will revitalize the eastern corridor into the city.”
  • That work ran contrary to IDEM’s instructions, however

Read the full article here.

Is Muncie the new Love Canal? (Video)

Is Muncie the new Love Canal?

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If you have been following the development of the old Indiana Wire and Steel property here is an updated site with quite a bit of information from those who are living in the neighborhood.

The paper hasn’t been reporting much if any, and certainly, the City of Muncie and the Redevelopment Commission has not brought forth any updates.

IDEM was at the site on Thursday (April 13, 2017) and so far there has not been any information on their findings from that visit.

So you may be thinking, “Not my concern” but if the concrete is contaminated and it stands to reason it is, the particles can be airborne.

So, take a look at the Facebook page if you feel so inclined.  A video has been posted on April 12th showing the condition of the property.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1123293014418066/

Saturday Ramblings: April Fools Day

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Good morning.

Muncie is always in the news.  If it’s not the Muncie Community Schools, it’s the City of Muncie.    Necks are hurting from all the shaking of the heads or SMH for short.

Muncie is in a perpetual state of April Fool’s Day and the joke is on those living within the boundaries.  We at Muncie Politics thought it would be fun and challenging to bring to remembrance some of the more funnier jokes.

  1. 2012 Muncie’s tax levy was increased.  The city controller blamed it on the previous administration for not considering insurance increases.  Seems they forgot Muncie City Council did not approve the ’12 budget.   On a side note: the tax levy has increased every year since ….go figure.
  2.  Consider a private pool located in Mayor Tyler’s neighborhood and his family frequents receiving $10,000 city tax dollars for repairs while the city pool operates at a $96,000 deficit.
  3. The previous mayor, McShurley, promised enough money was available to fund public safety and she left the city with over $8 million in funds to support her claim.  Mayor Tyler assured us that he also had enough money for public safety.  But, in 2015 he passed LOIT and an income tax increase in a mere 14 days. (43% increase)
  4. Mayor Tyler promised living wage jobs but it appears the only person seeing an income increase was his building commissioner.  I mean, how many people get paid for work never performed?  It’s a good gig if you’re inclined to pick the pockets of taxpayers.
  5. In 2016 the Mayor encouraged his street superintendent to run for county commissioner.  Meanwhile, they were attempting to get paving funds yanked from the county.  The State of Indiana said no, it was a minor error which the State did not catch in the approval process.   The State would not punish the county.  Funny how Mayor Tyler can sniff out a county issue while his administration is hosting FBI agents investigating city corruption.
  6. The State of Indiana awarded the City of Muncie $4 million for demolitions of blighted property.  It took the city a few years to get started and Mayor blamed the late start on the State.  Never mind other communities were ahead of the game.  If they were making headway with the funds, why is Muncie so far behind?
  7. The City of Muncie approved to forgive $10,000 in delinquent property taxes for a community garden.  I don’t know if the State said yes because there has been no follow-up and no community garden, either.  Considering the land housed an old factory…was polluted anyway.
  8. Of course, who could forget the Muncie Redevelopment Director, Todd Donati, asking for a tax reduction on his personal condo claiming it was economic development.   City Council voted no, but Donati vowed to return with his request when people were more “open” to the idea.
  9. Muncie has also ventured into the real estate business.  Putting out a request to bid on a privately owned downtown building throwing in a city-owned parking lot.  The requirements were stringent and no bidders came forth.  So, the city is planning on “loaning” over $7 million to the owners.
  10. After Mayor Tyler won, he said both the county and the city was controlled by one party and there would be no excuses.  However, there are excuses.  If it’s not the State of Indiana it’s the previous mayor’s fault…oh well.

It’s been a perpetual April Fools Day since January 1st, 2012, and the joke is on us.

Muncie Community Schools – What is going on?

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Muncie Community Schools has been dominating the headlines in the local newspaper.  Did the school district fall into sudden disrepair financially and physically?  Has the proverbial can been kicked down the road?

Questions like these have divided the district.  Some opting to believe the signs were glaring while others believe it is the fault of the current administration.  Whatever road you’re traveling it’s coming to an abrupt end.

Let’s take a look at the stark picture:

A Brief Review of School Financing, Performance and Enrollment in Delaware County Indiana (PDF). Delaware County School Data Mar 1 2017-1

State aid to Muncie schools drops

Certainly, there are other factors which come into play.  For the purpose of this blog entry, we will be focusing on the review and newspaper article.

Muncie’s Debt, Delaware County Tax Levy

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Amortization is an accounting term that refers to the process of allocating the cost of an intangible asset over a period of time. It also refers to the repayment of loan principal over time.

Muncie amortization schedule as of 3-5-17. Enjoy.

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If you want more, here is the tax levy for 2017 for Delaware County which includes Muncie City.

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Saturday ramblings: City of Muncie – in trouble?

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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 »