Muncie City

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.
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Tyler & Marshall: Let the politics begin (HB1315)

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Muncie newspaper published an article today with reactions from Muncie City Council President Marshall.  As well, Mayor Tyler voiced his concerns.  We would like to highlight some of best quotes and respond.

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Marshall: “We haven’t really made any decisions yet.”

MP: House Bill 1315 passed on May 14, 2018.  Council has done nothing in 15 calendar days. Although the same council was able to pass a 43% income tax in 14 days.  The same council was able to fast track DCEMS.  In other words, when the council wants to be expedient they will do so.

Marshall: “We want to make sure we do the best we can for this school board,” he said. “With our appointment, at least we will have a voice (on the board), a bigger voice.”

MP: Yet, they have sat on their collective rears and did nothing.  Sounds like doing their best, right?

Marshall: “Nobody reached out to council from Ball State that I know of, not to me as president,” he said. “Nobody’s reached out to me and said this is on the fast track.”

MP: Timeline was published and as an elected body one should take steps to prepare    If the council is ignorant on HB1315 that is of their own doing.  It’s not like HB1315 has been hidden from the public eye.  All of this has to be in place by July 1, 2018.  Ignorance of this bill is not the fault of the bill.  City Council is masters of fast-tracking when it benefits them.  Lame excuse.

Marshall: “I’m just one person,” Marshall said.. “I have to bring this before council, and it has to be done publicly. We have been accused of not doing things correctly. As president, I’m following an open forum. Everybody has input.”

MP: Eight other members and the MCS appointments never discussed?  Never?  Again, this council was able to pass a 43% income tax in 14 days.  They pulled together on the city-run EMS proposal.  Collectively they worked to keep information from the public.

Star Press: Marshall is still bitter about how the state government trifecata (the Republican Party holds the governorship and supermajorities in the House and Senate) “rammed” House Bill 1315 into law.

MP:  Like this administration and city council has done since 2012?  Muncie City Council has been under Democrat majority for decades. There is a plethora of “rammed” ordinances, spending and taxes in their history.

“The way the Statehouse came in here and did what they did, it seems like they want to do away with public education,” Marshall said.

MP: Marshall making another ridicules political statement hoping to redeem the council from their obvious inactivity and direct the conversation away from the real issue. City Administration and Council have done nothing to prepare for this major legislation.

Tyler: When Tyler said he received information from the state, he meant Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and his legal staff.

“There are still some areas not clear to us,” Tyler said. “It says we have the ability to nominate three, but it doesn’t say we couldn’t nominate just one or just two if we choose.”

MP: Mayor Dennis Tyler held the previous position of Indiana State Representative since 2006.  He was appointed to the House after Rep. Tiny Adams died.  He was elected in 2008 & 2010 until resigning to run for mayor in 2011. More than anyone he should have been on top of this bill.  Playing political games again with something as nonsensical as the number of nominations?  What legal staff is he referencing?  Is it the Indianapolis legal staff or is the Quirk -Hunter legal staff?

When Mayor Tyler won in 2011 he was asked if he would appoint any Republicans.  He laughed and said, “We have enough qualified Democrats.” (sic) . Has this changed?

 

 

 

 

Check out the EMS report from Dennis Tyler and other stuff

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Warning:  It’s a long study.

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Also, coming up is Mayor Tyler’s State of the City address.  Visit the City’s website here.   Hoping for a large turnout in support of DCEMS.  The City website still has the housing study which was discredited because of the false data.

May 7th – Muncie City Council meeting @7:30 PM.

 

The Waiting Game

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Friends and readers of Muncie Politics,

We will be taking a short break.  We have been asked to help in a research project totally unrelated to politics.  This is a change for us!  Of course, we will update any new developments in the political world of Delaware County.

It has been an excruciating wait for the results of the City of Muncie FBI investigation, Bracken vs. Muncie and Stewart vs. Muncie lawsuits and of course what is happening with Delaware County EMS.  Let’s hope Mayor Tyler and Muncie City council rule with cool heads and consider the ramifications of a city-run EMS.  For once we may actually see People Before Party.  Sigh.

Don’t forget Muncie City Council 1st Monday of the month 7:30 PM. City Hall.

See you soon, please don’t forget us!

 

Saturday Ramblings: Corruption? Political agendas? No way!

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Lots of things have been happening in good old Muncie, Indiana.  Some have been not so good and some has been very good.  Not so good for our local administration very good for the people of Muncie.

Let’s begin with Halteman Village.

Halteman Village is where the Mayor of Muncie as well as two City Council members live.  It has been near and dear to Mayor Tyler, so much he donated $10,000 to fix Halteman Pool.  $10,000 city tax dollars, that is.  Oh, it was to pay for swim lessons, except the privately-owned pool permanently closed a few days later.   We have a nice public pool, it’s called Tuhey Pool.  It was quite a battle to get Tuhey Pool up and running.   Questioning the Mayor why Tuhey Pool wasn’t used for the swim lessons “I don’t remember” he replied.

Halteman’s pool and clubhouse went up for tax sale and somehow the city acquired the property.  The city has been maintaining it and spokesperson for the city, Sarah Beach, said the city didn’t want to see the neighborhood run down.  Hmmm.  Not sure where it’s at today.

Muncie Community Schools closed Mitchell School (in Halteman Village) and put it up for sale.  It became quite complex because the city, as well as Ball State University, submitted offers.  The city was higher and the university pulled back.    The City of Muncie with the Muncie Redevelopment Commission wanted to demolish the school and build condos.  As you can imagine, that didn’t please the residents of Halteman or city taxpayer who financed a remodel of the school about a decade past.

Next, we found the city had commissioned a housing study, citing the need for new housing to draw people to Muncie.  Muncie Redevelopment director, Todd Donati, posted on his Facebook page “all the facts were in” and all the facts were based on this one study.   Michael Hicks the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University examined the city’s housing study.  The Muncie Star Press reported the City’s Study was based on incorrect data.

Economist: City of Muncie used ‘fabricated’ data to push housing

The city is no longer interested in building condominiums on the Mitchell School land.   Todd Donati in charge of Muncie’s economic development was cited several times in State Board of Accounts audits for years 2014-15.  Donati used a study calling it “facts” to push millions into the condo building project.    Fortunately, for the stakeholders of Muncie, his plan fell through.  Something else will come down the pike, count on it.  He’s more than willing to spend money on pie in the sky ideas.

Besides the ongoing FBI investigation, the Bracken, and Stewart lawsuits against the City of Muncie we have one pressing issue that is still on the table and at anytime Mayor Tyler can direct his City Council to proceed.  And the City Council Democrat majority will proceed simply because they have never denied Mayor Tyler or their political party anything.

Delaware County EMS is hanging in the balance.

You see, Mayor Tyler wants to start his very own EMS claiming it will bring revenue into the city.  No, it won’t.  This administration has gone over budget at Prairie Creek Reservoir, nearly $100,000 over budget for Tuhey Pool,  increased the city’s tax levy every year and passed a 43% income tax in 14 days back in 2015.   And just look at Halteman Village as proof they have no idea how to be fiscally responsible.  Really, you could list other items of senseless spending and budgeting of this administration.

City Council member Alison Quirk and city attorney Megan Quirk have used the wear and tear of firetrucks when they go on a first responder call as leverage for city-run EMS.  For six years the trucks have been used to run errands, go out to eat and grocery shopping and not a bit of concern was shown on “wear and tear” until the city wanted an EMS of their very own.

Not to mention the council’s attempt to schedule a City Council meeting on New Years Day.  Oh, on the advice of the city council’s attorney, which just happened to find a 40-year-old city code requiring all council meetings to be held on the first Monday of the month.  I’m sure the council was hoping for a low turnout on a holiday.

Wrong again. Guaranteed the message was broadcast on every form of social media and the meeting would have been a packed house.  Proving once again, the only people in favor of city-run EMS would be the Mayor, the Fire Chief, and the six Democrat  Headquarters’ council members and anyone who was concerned about losing their city positions, party support or city contracts.

Make no mistake, the Mayor has been able to systematically remove anyone who hinders his personal and political agenda.  And without a doubt, DCEMS is caught in the sights of a political agenda and the collateral damage will be the people of Muncie and Delaware County.

Self-serving are they.

 

 

 

Keep  Delaware County EMS on the streets of Muncie.

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The people have been up and down, over and under by Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and his City Council.  It’s called “his” City Council because the majority of the members will do as the party dictates.  We don’t want another bloated and costly department.  We want to keep the service which has done an excellent job for 40 years.  We don’t trust this administration to work for the best interest of the people.   We want to know that DCEMS will come when we call.  Listen up, we DON’T want Tyler’s ambulance service.

Keep  Delaware County EMS on the streets of Muncie.

 

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MRC = Muncie Realestate Commission

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todd donatiDirector of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission speaks to the issue of Mitchell School.

Todd Donati shared his first post.

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion going around that needs to be addressed. We are going to invite all the entities involved with the misinformation and either clear this all up and determine if the MRC will continue with the projects in play. The MRC had always shown interest in some of the properties that the MCS had to offer, including Mitchell, Storer, Sutton and land on Cornbread Rd.

The MRC had been contacted by a demolition company out of Richmond, IN that wanted to demo the schools for salvage. The MRC could not really do anything with the properties with buildings in place. The demolition company said they really did not want the land. So the demolition company offered the land to the MRC, for free, once they removed the buildings. The MRC board agreed to this only after we contacted BSU and asked them if they were interested in any of the properties. They had the right to buy them all.

The MRC was told that they did not have any interest in any of the properties but Northside MS. You have seen the recorded document waiving their right to buy. So the MRC board agreed to donate $658,600 to the MCS if they were to accept the $125,000 offer from the demo company. This would garner the MCS much needed revenue, this would allow the MCS to achieve their objective, illuminate the liability of taking care of these abandoned buildings and help generate at least $20- $50 million in taxable revenue on these combined properties.

The MRC board did not close these schools. The MRC board, nor the City of Muncie administration did not create the financial crisis within the MCS. The MRC board was only trying to create opportunities for the community we support. It seems that there are comments out there that we, the MRC and the City of Muncie asked BSU to give these schools up when in fact, BSU really wanted them. We have no interest in doing that. The MRC board would like to ask BSU if in fact they do want these schools.

The MRC board does not want to get involved with any form of miscommunication, especially with our community partners. And, we feel that BSU is a very valuable and important community partner. If BSU wants these schools, our board is prepared to take action. However, it needs to be BSU that openly states that this is what they want…not hearsay comments from unauthorized citizens. 


There were no lies made or personal gains made from anyone in this group. I appreciate the hard work and dedicated members of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission. They volunteer their time to make our community better.

Disclaimer: The only changes made to this public post is breaking the comment into paragraphs for easier reading.  Nothing else has been altered.