Prairie Creek

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UPDATE:  Rezoning has been tabled per the article in Star Press 3-6-09.  There will be a public hearing in the next few months.

Looks like it may be full speed ahead for the development of Prairie Creek.  Commissioner Don Dunnuck is on board, have not heard from the other two.

Once the property is rezoned, it will open the door for Indiana-American Water Company to sell at a nice profit.   Still, at this point, it is only in the planning stages.  This is the opportunity for residents to become involved, regardless if you are for or against.  Please do not wait until everything becomes a done deal.  Guaranteed you will have a hard time undoing any damages…and even “undoing” may be an impossible task.

The last time Todd Donati was in office, we were all blessed with a sewer system.  In fact, we got two.

Just surmising….will New Burlington and the other properties in the proposed development suffer the same gross and costly sewage system Royerton has today? 

Mayor McShurley

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There has been an all out attempt to destroy the Muncie Mayor since she walked through the doors on January 1, 2008.

I voted for her and will continue to support her during this onslaught of filth and vile which constantly surrounds her administration.

What has she done to warrant this?  Well, the answer is simple.  She is a person of integrity, kindness and a progressive thinker.  Something Muncie lacks and is in desperate need to obtain.

So what has she done?

She listens to the citizens.

Economic Development Initiatives

Business Recruitments

Governor’s Arts Festival

Paving of White River Blvd.

Tackling Blight

Instrumental in bringing Brevini (hope it is still a go)

Actively seeks Japanese business

Appointing the most talented and qualified people to get the job DONE!

Secured HUD fund in January 2008.

Secured and securing Federal Funds

Chat With the Mayor

Part-time IT volunteer to get Muncie website up and running

She wants to make as many departments as possible self-sustaining.  That is good news for the citizens.  Mayor Mac warned the City Council as far back as early 2008 on the budget concerns.  They didn’t listen then, perhaps they’ll listen now.  (Miss American Pie)  She met with every willing employee and kept them apprised of the financial situation in 2-08. 

Because of her administration’ willingness to work with local business, we have seen the generosity of those businesses give sizeable donations to help fund things like fireworks ($30,000.00), improvements to Thomas Park ($80,000.00), fund raiser to get new equipment for Prairie Creek.  You don’t get a dedicated team of employees without having great leadership qualities.  It just isn’t done.

While on her trip to Japan, the unthinkable, and most despicable onslaught of vicious rumors that have ever been targeted against any public official began.  Not only did “they” wait until she was unable to defend herself, the filth was unimaginable.  Do you as Citizens of Muncie really approve such tactics?  Or would you prefer to support a Mayor that has shown grace under pressure?

At the City Council meeting a gentleman exercised his right to free speech by publicly stating his views on the Consolidation and Modernization.  Yet that same person has the audacity to post vile rumors on a public forum about the Mayor.  Prior, he posted filth about a local businessman, and forgive me for being blunt, he accused the man of purchasing intimate apparel for a teenager.

We know exactly where and when those rumors originated. 

Believe me folks, when I say, there is and has been an effort to destroy the Mayor and any that stand in support of her.

Has she made some mistakes?  Absolutely.  Is she the best person to run our City?  Most definitely.

 

 

 


 

 

Star Press Editorial 3-4-09

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The Muncie Star Press wrote a damaging editorial on the City Council’s vote in regards to the Consolidation and Modernization that was tabled for months and every conceivable roadblock was used to thwart the will of the people.

“It’s puzzling. Why would Muncie officials take a step that dilutes, if not nullifies, the voice of the people they were elected to represent?”

Hello, Star Press!  We have been asking the same questions.  Funny thing is, we know the answer.  It is all about maintaining the “status quo” and not about the good of Muncie and Delaware County.

“The second change involves how the public will vote on any consolidation plan the committee comes up with. Consolidation requires a referendum vote. The city council added language that would require any referendum to pass both a vote among city residents and a separate vote among those outside the city limits, instead of a single all-county vote. That action virtually guarantees any consolidation measure will fail, simply because many county residents have a deep distrust of anything involving the city of Muncie.”

Why on earth would city council members elected to represent the citizens of Muncie take an action that clearly is not in their constituents’ best interests — one that indicates a mistrust of voters and the process? Could it be making sure government consolidation fails is in their own best interests or that of their political party?”  BINGO!

Clearly, citizen activists were not going to be satisfied until the council brought the measure up for a vote, so finding another way to sabotage consolidation efforts was needed.”

“Most city and county residents have enough common sense to let the committee do its work before passing judgment on the results.”

“It’s too bad the Muncie City Council could not do that.”

Quotations from Muncie Star Press 3-4-09

I would like to thank Linda, Mark and Brad for voting the will of the people, and the Star Press for two excellent back to back articles.

Now, will the people listen?

Senator Errington commented while at the last Legislative Update, the people had NO confidence in their local government.

Anybody wonder why?  I don’t.

Muncie Politics at it’s finest!!

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Muncie Politics. It doesn’t get better than this. (This isn’t even an election year!) Mr. Mansfield still wants to be Mayor. The truth is nobody knows what happened with the ballots in Precinct 46. Was it an honest mistake? Or was it an effort by the Republican to overthrow the election? Or as one person commented on today’s Muncie Star Press article, did the Democrats whisk just enough away to not cause their candidate to lose? Yet, just enough to cause a stink. We will never know.

What we do know and have before us is a history of electioneering tricks. Some legal, some not. Let’s start with stacking the primary ballot. It has been common practice for years, to request a willing person to be placed on the ballot. A willing participant with last name beginning with the letters A or B. Of course a C or D will work if the “unwanted” candidate may have a last name of Edwards, for example. I have been told Republicans are guilty of the practice, too. Try as I may, not able find one shred of evidence to back this claim. Not saying it is not out there, just can’t find it.

Allegations, confessions and arrests the norm of Muncie elections. No access to voter registration lists, polling books or campaign materials. Candidates discourage to run for office, signs stolen; poll books in the trash, assessment requirements to the Headquarters. Do we need to look any further than 2008? (O.K. that was a County election, doesn’t matter, it shows a pattern.)

Is it any wonder companies avoid us like a plague? The Secretary of State and Attorney General has telephone numbers on speed dial.

The people of Muncie need to wake up and realize we will continue our decline unless something happens. And no, it is not impeaching the Mayor. If you care about this community, your family and your happiness, it is way past time to take the blinders off and see we can’t continue on the road to ruin.

Muncie City Council 3-2-09

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Muncie City Council Meeting March, 2, 2009

 

It was a pretty uneventful, and actually boring the first hour or so. 

 

Jerry Friend has worked hard on getting the ordinances updated.  All 20+ were passed.  Say what you may about the current administration, there is no doubt the people in place are qualified, community and citizen oriented. It is possible this department could be self-sustaining WITHOUT gouging the people who use the service, or those who don’t.  Good job, Jerry.

 

The Consolidation and Modernization was passed.  However, it was passed with a threshold.  That would make it possible for the minority to over ride the majority.  The City’ vote and the County’s vote are independent of each other.   I seem to recall that more people spoke at the “Special Meeting” in favor on NO threshold.  What’s new?

 

City council added language that would require the referendum to pass both a vote among city residents and a separate vote among those outside city limits.

Because a defeat among either population group would defeat the entire referendum, the change made the consolidation effort more vulnerable.

Hypothetically, an absolute consensus among city voters could be undermined by a one-vote loss among county voters.”

Muncie Star Press 3-2-09 

To quote Linda Gregory…”One man, one vote.”

 

Mr. Jinks spoke against the consolidation, and his reasons are far removed from what the consolidation is really all about.  The “Team” is looking at ways to streamline government, consolidate services.  We have duplication of services, and I doubt anyone would pay twice for the same item.  I know I wouldn’t.  The fact is, without a proper, non-partisan study, we can not proceed.  I think of it as a medical exam.  You visit your doc, he or she examines you…either you are great and you skip happily from the office…or the doc finds something that needs to be fixed.

 

Muncie and Delaware County need to be fixed.

 

On a positive note, Mayor McShurley has an IT person working on the website. It would be nice to get the minutes of the meetings and other critical documents.  Oh, did I mention this position is strictly VOLUNTEER!

 

Mayor McShurley is working with Ball State and Comcast to keep this station alive.  I believe is it vital to the community.  Great for review and fantastic for those who are not able to attend meetings.  Big thanks to Citizens of Delaware County for Property Tax Repeal, the driving force behind this media!

 

That’s about it.

 

See you all, later

 

 

Evening with the Commissioners

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Attended the first evening with Delaware County Commissioner’s meeting.  When we first arrived, there was a public meeting already in progress, but the door was locked.  Not sure how public it was.

Not much to report.  Tommy Crawford spoke about the fund Tim Hutton (think that is his name) started on new ambulance purchases.  I found it very interesting that someone took on the task and with success.  $11.00 of every run will be deposited into the kitty to fund new ambulances, and no cost to the taxpayers.  Mr. Crawford also expressed his disappointment that nothing was reported in the paper.

Poor Nick Werner.  He gets it all the time.

The trending on properties will be begin this year for 2009 taxes and pay 2010.  I bet that will be another increase.

The County appointed George Dahl for the Common Wage Hearing at Yorktown High School.  Apparently, not every appointee was at the meeting.  Some snafu where it was changed from 2:30 PM to 10:30 AM.  Guess the word didn’t get out.

A gentleman spoke about the money that could be saved by using ABC wages instead of CCW.  He cautioned the Commissioners that projects would increase in cost, when there is actually a way to get the same quality for less. 

Community Corrections added an at-large member to their board.   Judge Thomas Cannon.

Besides this, Della Gregory was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Yorktown-Mt. Pleasant Twp. Public Library.  She will serve 4 years.

That’s about it, folks.  Had to dash off at 7:15 for the OTHER government meeting.

You can check it out on Channel 60.  See the broadcast schedule in the “pages” section of the blog.

County Commissioners, again

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Monday, however, marks the beginning of an effort by the commissioners to move some meetings to the evening in an attempt to make them more accessible for those who work during the day. From the Star Press 2-28-09

Why in the world would the Commissioners schedule the meeting on the EXACT night as City Council?

One word….attempt. This is a feeble ATTEMPT at best to make the meetings accessible for those who work. More like an attempt to cause conflict.

City Council has held the meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 PM with special meetings and hearings set at 6:30 PM for years.

At best, the conflicting meeting schedule was an oversight by the Commissioners.
At worse, it is business as usual.

See it for what it is…