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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)

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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Attention: Landlords and Muncie

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The City of Muncie is toying with a registry for rental properties.  Currently, they are looking at a $5.00 fee.  How long do you think it will stay at $5.00?

The ordinance is being introduced on Monday (12-5) at Muncie City Hall – 7:30 PM.

Meanwhile, the citizens of the city paying the attorney fees for a lawsuit against several city employees, under an FBI investigation and has lost or is losing two State grants.

Just last year the Mayor and City Council passed a 43% income tax in 14 days.  The director of Muncie Redevelopment Commission tried to get an ordinance introduced and passed to give his condo property a tax abatement.

And get this…the Mayor is upset with a company who managed the city pool because the business owner is not providing the city with the company’s financials.  The city is on the hook for $96,000.00.  Under normal circumstances, you would consider this good government.  Watching out for tax dollars, right?  Except it is not the case for this administration.

This has been the murkiest and crony oriented government this city has ever seen.

City of Muncie proposes rental registry

 

 

 

 

Muncie 2017 Budget ~ public hearing

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Notice is hereby given to taxpayers of MUNCIE CIVIL CITY, Delaware County, Indiana that the proper officers of Muncie Civil City will conduct a public hearing on the year 2017 budget. Following this meeting, any ten or more taxpayers may object to a budget, tax rate, or tax levy by filing an objection petition with the proper officers of Muncie Civil City not more than seven days after the hearing. The objection petition must identify the provisions of the budget, tax rate, or tax levy to which taxpayers object. If a petition is filed, Muncie Civil City shall adopt with the budget a finding concerning the objections in the petition and testimony presented. Following the aforementioned hearing, the proper officers of Muncie Civil City will meet to adopt the following budget:

Muncie Budget 2017 (8-17-16)

 

More on MSD rate hikes

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The Star Press has an article in today’s paper.  Rates likely to go up.

MSD rate hikes.

Don’t forget, Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 AM.  Muncie City Hall.

MSD RATE INCREASE – PLEASE READ Updated with rate increase

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Muncie Sanitary District Public Forum – Rate Increases-

When: Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM

Where: Muncie City Hall

 

 

 In case you missed it, there is a public meeting scheduled for July 7 that many might not be aware. This public forum begins at 10:30 a.m. at Muncie City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to let property owners, ratepayers and other interested parties be heard in reference to current and proposed Muncie Sanitary District rates. The published figures recommended by the Muncie Sanitary District include some sizable increases in charges going forward including a 50 percent increase in the stormwater rates.

The resolution was introduced at the June 23 board of MSD commissioner’s meeting. The Star Press printed the meeting notice in the paper the next morning, which is how I learned of the rate increases.

 

All interested parties should attend.

Muncie City Councilperson Dan Ridenour

MSD Rate Increase 6-23-16

 

Conflict of Interest and the City

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Conflict of Interest 2015
Source: Indiana Gateway for government units

W/R: Mayor Tyler’s conflict problem

Seems Mayor Tyler recently realized there may be a conflict of interest.  Stuff like that happens when the FBI comes knocking on your door

It took a handful of citizens working diligently for two or three years, investing their time and money to uncover several violations.

Within months of Craig Nichols appointment as the city’s building commissioner, his defunct business was reopened.  Shortly thereafter his company began receiving city contracts.  It took the local newspaper about nine months to report and even at that it was a lighthearted almost humorous article.

The paper is reporting Nichols had a conflict of interest statement filed in 2015.  The State of Indiana is not showing anything filed for Nichols in 2015.  The Conflict of Interest law states the form must be filed within 15 days with the State Board of Accounts and the county clerk.  (See picture).

Uodate: Newspaper responded on their story.

Keith Roysdon ·Watchdog reporter at The Star Press

In the Delaware County clerk’s office, there are separate state approved conflict of interest forms for Craig Nichols’ companies.”

Indiana Conflict of Interest law

For 2016 three council members, building commissioner and one attorney filed conflict statements.  Four of the statements were done at or near the time the investigation and Federal Lawsuit was reported to the public.

Another appearance of  conflict would be the street department superintendent and city contracts awarded to his nephew’s company.

“Obviously, I don’t see any problem with them doing work for the city because they are the best and the lowest,” said Campbell, a Democrat who is more high-profile this year because he’s running for Delaware County commissioner against incumbent James King. “They’re good guys.

“I know what people may think, but it’s all on the up-and-up,” Campbell added. “I don’t consider it a conflict. It goes by the book.” Duke Campbell, Muncie’s street superintendent

W/R: In politics, it’s all relative(s)

Not exactly sure how “goes by the book” is defined in this instance.  If the street superintendent’s nephews are awarded contracts to work on the streets one would think a conflict of interest statement submitted by Duke Campbel would be going by the book of Indiana State law.  There is no conflict statement for Campbell in 2015.

It’s not just about conflicts of interest, it’s the Federal lawsuit alleging contractors have been cut out of the bidding process in favor of friends and relatives of the Mayor and his close associates.

We will end this post with excerpts from the Muncie Star Press after the 2011 election.

“It’s not going to be a ‘good old boy’s club,'” Tyler said about the first Democratic city administration in 20 years.

At the same time, Tyler acknowledged that Democrats will now control both city and county government locally and with that control comes expectations.
“This isn’t going to be easy,” he said. “Democrats don’t have any excuses now. But I think people will be pleasantly surprised.” WALKER/ROYSDON REPORT: Tyler: No‘good old boys club’ Nov. 27, 2011