Alison Quirk

Saturday Ramblings~watch out for the snakes in the grasses

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The snake who conned a city

The bids are in for Mayor Tyler’s city-run EMS.  Waiting for the snake to bite and inject more venom into the veins of the City of Muncie.    How long will the people continue to sleep their lives away while Mayor Tyler and his group drain this city dry?  How long, folks?

We can’t say enough about how Tyler’s new employment agency is gearing up to fill those position with friends, relatives, and supporters.  What’s to say Tyler won’t show with his worried face and inform the people that he “just didn’t like those bids” and he is going back to his original plan.    No matter what he says, no one is in favor of any of Tyler’s plans.  Simply put we have a far more superior and experienced system and it’s called DCEMS.

The elected and appointed officials are working overtime.  So much so, the went back to a 40-year-old ordinance and suddenly a concern for the law swept over them.  On the advice of their attorney, the council moved the 1st meeting of the year to New Years Day.    Of course, it was their desire to follow the laws.  Laws are followed if it benefits their agenda.  What the council and mayor were hoping for a minimal show on a holiday.  That, of course, would have been their big surprise because everyone was prepared to attend. Council changed the ordinance to reflect holidays.

Next on the agenda is the landlord ordinance.   The one where you need to register the tenants of your rental properties or face a fine of up to $1,000.

Here’s the letter sent out to landlords from the property manager Cortney Walker. Letter to landlords fines

Here’s the ordinance to rescind the landlord ordinance.  Hopefully will go to vote at the city council meeting.

Ordinance to recsind

The city feels it is their business to know who is living in your house.  It’s for the good they claim.  Yet, a city council at-large member, Alison Quirk, sold her house in mid-June and move out prior to closing.  No one knows where for sure.  Some believe she was living in the county in a house owned by her father-in-law.  The city attorney was asked by councilperson and got no answer.  A citizen ran into the city attorney at WalMart and asked the same question.  Again no answer.  The city attorney is Quirk’s brother in law.  Later another citizen asked the same question, this time it was thought Quirk moved into her sister-in-law’s home.  With all these people asking where Quirk lived, the newspaper wrote a blip.

Walker/Roysdon Report: Muncie City Council member on the move

Nearly 70 days from the date her house closed (although they moved out prior to closing) and no one knew where she was living.  County or City?

IC 36-4-6-2 Common council; election; eligibility; term of office Sec. 2. (a) A common council, which is the city legislative body, shall be elected under IC 3-10-6 by the voters of each city. (b) A person is eligible to be a member of the legislative body only if the person meets the qualifications prescribed by IC 3-8-1-27. (c) Residency in territory that is annexed by the city before the person files a declaration of candidacy or petition of nomination is considered residency for the purposes of subsection (b), even if the annexation takes effect less than one (1) year before the election. (d) A member of the legislative body must reside within: (1) the city as provided in Article 6, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana; and (2) the district from which the member was elected, if applicable. (e) A member forfeits office if the member ceases to be a resident of the district or city.

When elected officials do business or act behind closed doors you can be guaranteed it isn’t above board.   She should be required to provide her change of address.  And she has no excuse to be ignorant of the State of Indiana constitution or State of Indiana law.  For that matter, city ordinance.

The city of Muncie is requiring you to provide information and yet City of Muncie officials don’t feel compelled to be open and honest with you.    And folks, there is a whole lot wrong with that…

 


 

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NOTICE: EMS Committee Meeting!

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Just received word from Dan Ridenour, Muncie City Council member the EMS Committee will be meeting on Thursday.  Please pass it on.   Sorry for the short notice.

What: EMS Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Where: Muncie City Hall

Time: 6:00 PM

 

 

 

Official: Muncie city council meeting January 8, 2018

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City Council meeting has been changed AGAIN and it will be held on January 8, 2018, at 7:30 PM Muncie City Hall.

The city-run EMS idea is one of the biggest screw-ups this council has had the pleasure to sponsor.  And they have done numerous stupid acts.

Their only solution to the issues this city has created is to raise a tax or implement a costly ambulance service.

They will round up the usual suspects to speak in support of this ordinance…just wait and see.

Meeting date moved AGAIN!

FYI: Muncie City Council changes meeting dates

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On December 8th, 2017 received information  Muncie City Council changed the date of the January 2018 meeting.   Originally scheduled for January 8th it will be held on January 1st New Year’s Day.

Muncie City Council has never held meetings on holidays.  Councilperson Doug Marshall said he was informed by the city attorney (not sure which one) having the meeting on January 8 was in violation of  City Code 32.33.

Sec. 32.33. Time and place for regular meetings.
The first regular meeting of the council shall be
held on the first Monday in January after the
general election of the members-elect of the council,
at 7:30 p.m. as provided by IC 18-1-3-2. All
regular meetings shall be held on the first Monday
evening of each month at 7:30 p.m. and may
be adjourned at the pleasure of the council. Adjourned
meetings shall have all the force and
effect of regular meetings. Meetings shall be held
in the council chamber, unless otherwise determined
by the president and designated on the
agenda.
(Code 1968, § 31.14; Ord. No. 620-80, 10-10-80)
It appears this code is decades old.  Checked Indiana Code IC 18-1-3-2 and came up with zero information.  Basically, City Council has been in violation for probably as long as the City Code has been on the books.  Take for example in 2017 three times, 2016 two times, 2015 one time, 2014 two times.   When a holiday falls on the first Monday of the month, Council moved the meeting.  Sometimes the holiday fell on a Sunday as the with the  July 2010 meeting being held on July 12, although the first Monday of the month was July 5th.
The City of Muncie is so desperate to pass the EMS ordinance quickly, they dug around until they could find something to justify the date change.  E.G.: 40-year-old city code which hasn’t been followed.   Well, until now.
Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.36.56 PMYou’ll recall in 2015 Mayor Tyler and City Council introduced and passed a 43% income tax in 14 days.  It was needed to keep 16 firefighters on the payroll.

As proposed by Tyler, the city would enact a public safety LOIT of 0.25 percent — generating more than $1.5 million a year — and an 0.2 EDIT increase, which would generate more than $1.5 million.

The revenue would go into the city’s general fund, where a portion of it would go to offset another funding loss: The federal SAFER grant, which has in recent years covered the cost of 32 Muncie firefighters, will be cut in half beginning next year, Tyler said. Source: Mayor seeks local income tax increase  Star Press 9-1-15

The city was “just notified” that it will receive $2.1 million in SAFER grant funding for two years that begin in February 2016, Tyler said. That’s only enough to pay for 16 of 32 firefighters, he said.

“We have to cover the cost of 16 firefighters,” Tyler said. The department has 110 firefighters. Source: Muncie Star Press 8-31-15

Fast forward to December 2017 council meeting and the city revealed it had the money for the 16 firefighters without the LOIT revenue.  The LOIT revenue will be used for start-up costs for the city-run EMS.  Amazing.
  There is no rush for this service as we have Delaware County Emergency Services (DCEMS) and it has been serving faithfully for 40 years.
If you would like to contact Muncie City Council members you will find their addresses  and contact information here:

Muncie City Council and EMS

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City Council had their regular meeting.

Can you believe the council (all but three) voted for an ordinance with no information and no line item in the budget?

So many people spoke and I have to say, every one of them had some worthy piece of information to bring to the table.  Proud of those people who did their homework.  Citizens are paying attention.

One man said he email all of the members and only three responded.  I don’t think Peters has an email, or she didn’t have one last time I contacted my representative.  He did get back to me, though.

This is exactly like how city council used to be.  They didn’t listen then and they are not listening now.  “Bye, bye, Miss American Pie…..

I hope people remember this and the fight to have our voices heard at election time.

Bad streets, FBI investigation, arrest, lack of transparency, the high cost of attorney fees (if would could get that information), city parks and spending $6.5 million for a start-up idea.  Can it get any worse?  And the audits…anything left out?  Probably.

The punches just keep comin’

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Mayor Tyler claims his administration is transparent.  If this is so, why is it that citizens learn of events after the fact?

Take Halteman Village Pool for example.  A little background, if I may.  Halteman Village is a subdivision in Muncie.  The mayor and two city council members live in the subdivision.  It has a private pool.

Two years ago the City of Muncie gave Halteman Pool $10,000 for repairs.  Later we found it was in lieu of swim lessons.  The pool closed.  We have a public pool and for some unknown reason (Mayor Tyler seems to have forgotten) why swim lessons could not be offered at the beautiful Tuhey Pool. (Tuhey  had $2 million and more invested and yet the mayor chooses to finance repairs on a private pool? – let it sink in.)   A former board member stated after receiving the $10,000 the pool closed three days later.  Do the math….$3,333/day for swim lessons.

On October 22, 2017, citizens found Halteman Pool was deeded to the city in August.  Who knew?  A quit-claim deed was filed,  now the City of Muncie owns another pool and in Mayor Tyler’s neighbourhood.    But, here is where it gets good.  Halteman Pools was  $16,000 in delinquent taxes and a mortgage of $30,000 (according to the paper).

So why was the property deeded to the city in the first place?  You’re going to love this explanation from Sarah Beach spokesperson for the City of Muncie.

“The property was given to the city of Muncie because the owners were no longer able to maintain and operate the property,” Beach said. “The owners did not want the property to become overgrown and donated the property to the city. The city accepted it so that we could maintain it and prevent it from becoming an overgrown eyesore and devalue the neighborhood.”

But ya know, there are many properties in neighbourhoods which are run down, why is this property special?  Because the mayor and two city council members live there?

The property has was been sold in the tax sale last month.

I’m glad the mayor has his best interest in mind.  To avoid his neighbourhood from going to pot, he’ll just gobble up property with city money.   And then he’ll have the city mow and maintain it.   And then we’ll take the property off the tax rolls.  And then Mayor Tyler will come to us with his proverbial hat in his hand and cry about how the caps are hurting the city.  And then he’ll devise a way to increase or implement new fees like he did with the landlord ordinance.

If all this doesn’t stink to high heaven and just scream of improprieties….

Read the full article here.