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 beheld on the first Monday in January after thegeneral election of the members-elect of the council,at 7:30 p.m. as provided by IC 18-1-3-2. Allregular meetings shall be held on the first Mondayevening of each month at 7:30 p.m. and maybe adjourned at the pleasure of the council. Adjournedmeetings shall have all the force andeffect of regular meetings. Meetings shall be heldin the council chamber, unless otherwise determinedby the president and designated on theagenda.(Code 1968, § 31.14; Ord. No. 620-80, 10-10-80)
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
You can view the video of the city council at:
Citizens for Good Government – Delaware County Facebook page.
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.
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.
But we need to acknowledge the extent to which we’re banking, literally, on the success of the development now that the city of Muncie is the primary financial investor in the project — to the tune of $30 million. Larry Riley – Muncie goes all-in on hotel Star Press
Riley’s column took me off guard because there was no warning. Certainly borrowing $30 million is newsworthy. Yet, the paper didn’t report on Muncie City Council’s vote. With the additional borrowing, the grand total of debt accrued since June 2013 has reached $55 million. I’m sure there is more, good luck in researching it, though.
An on-line commenter said it shouldn’t have been a shock. He had presented over the summer to City Council regarding the bond. I went to the City of Muncie’s website to review city council’s minutes. Unfortunately, the last minutes posted – June 2014. Muncie Redevelopment Commission minutes most current is 2010, too.
He went on to post the financing was a done deal, just taking longer than expected. And if the financing didn’t go through, the City of Muncie would own the hotel property. Initially we were told the private financing was a done deal. Ground was broken and no mention of the financing problems, no mention city would be the sole financer. How can we be assured of something proving to be unstable financing? We simply can’t. Read the rest of this entry »
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Public question: Shall Delaware County, Indiana and City of Muncie, Indiana, reorganize as a single political subdivision?
Supporting consolidation and modernization, vote Yes.
So, here we are at the brink of voting for reorganization and modernization in our county. After nearly five years, it’s on the ballot.
You might be asking, why do I support consolidation? I believe it will usher in a smaller and more transparent government. Currently, there are 47 separate taxing entities in the county. Most can’t recite even four. I can’t. Nevertheless, we have on the table a plan for reorganization.
To give you a little background. The reorganization began in 2007, when a group of citizens garnered over 2200 signatures to get the ball rolling. From there it was voted up, voted down, board disbanded and new appointments made, until the finished plan was completed in 2010. From there it sat gathering dust for nearly a year, as neither Muncie City Council or Delaware County Commissioners bothered to meet and modify the plan. One wonders if they even read the plan. I know members of City Council were asked their thoughts on the reorganization, and they sat looking blankly at the citizen. Where’s the Democrat handlers when you need them?
Finally, Linda Gregory spoke and defined the plan perfectly. She would as she spent time explaining the plan to citizens at her monthly meetings.
But today, we have a wealth of misinformation being circulated by those that have never even bothered to read the plan. You ask how I know this? I’ve been out and about listening to people explain why they are voting No. So, I wonder, are these elected people ignorant of the plan or does their agenda include spreading as much false information as possible? Don’t know. Either way, it does the citizens a disservice.
To make it fun, let’s discuss some of the things being said.
“Public safety is in danger and we won’t have a sheriff.” No, public safety won’t change. Muncie will still have MPD and the County will still have Sheriff Department The sheriff position is in the constitution, so this position is here to stay.
“Dennis Tyler will control the county.” No, the mayor position will be eliminated and Dennis Tyler isn’t qualified to be the county executive.
“Your taxes will go up.” That may be a possibility and really has nothing to do with reorganization. Remember, your property is capped, so you do have a level of insurance.
“They just want to get rid of the elected officials.” I’m not sure who “they” may be. Consider this, the reorganization began in 2007 and there has been a turn over of elected officials. Realizing the comment lacked credibility, it was continued to single out along-time city council member. Yep, we spend all our time on modernization and consolidation to rid ourselves of Mary Jo Barton?
Some of the reasons are comical, as the Barton one, some are serious accusations with no basis in fact. I would suggest you read the plan, if you haven’t already and decide for yourself.
I’ll leave you with this opinion piece from the local newspaper.
O.K. I’ll make this brief. Just how much has the spending or wish list amounted to so far?
April the estimated spending (based upon newspaper articles) according to the figures was $1,490,450.00. Included in that figure was the cost of Mock Station, Downtown Development, Community organizations, Roberts Hotel, etc. Well, I was off a few bucks.
Mayor Dennis Tyler released his EDIT spending and the figure came in at $1,536,507.00 a difference of $46,057. 00. The spending plan differed slightly from the earlier newspaper articles, but really, who cares?
Next on the agenda is the purchase of a fire truck at $879,647 pending approval of City Council. We purchased new trucks less than three years ago and acquired Center Township’s well-oiled and maintained fleet.
In today’s paper (1-22-12) a guest writer, Brad King, penned a column. Continue to chat but drop the gag. Although I found some inaccurate information, he did bring up a the idea of continuing the Mayor’s Chat with Dennis Tyler. I want to remind the folks, we were introduced to this very thing in 2009 and it didn’t get past the doors of City Hall. It would be nice to have the new Mayor update us on what is happening as it seems information is hard to come by. Please feel free to click in the link to read the full story from the April ’09 City Council meeting.
Updated! Check out Jim Arnold’s view on the meeting. Guarantee you will find it entertaining. Go to the Pages section of the blog.
The usual abatements and ordinances were passed and every thing seemed to be moving at a good pace. Until, a motion was brought to the table to purchase a previously owned aerial truck from Pike Township. For the people at the meeting, it was a whirlwind of comments from the city council and members of the audience spoke. The MFD is a touchy subject among many people in the city. I will spare you the details and refer you to the Star Press article: http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20090407/NEWS01/904070322/1002
The issues with MFD and funding deserve a full page spread with more information than I am able to provide at this time. Just know, Muncie is not protected as she should be. One wonders why the MFD is not able to…
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Last night was the first Muncie City Council meeting.
The closing of the tracks was not voted on…imagine that. Yes, the Land & Traffic Committee was nothing more than a political move.
If you are interested in watching the video, complete with a guest appearance by Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler, click on the CDCGG icon below.