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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.
For those of you which live in the Univeristy Avenue area, you may want to take note of a citizen and homeowner who is shedding some light on Muncie’s aging storm/sewer system. You may just think “It’s not in my neighborhood…” It very well could come to yours. Sure, we have a lot on our plates, however planning ahead and preparing for the future can save a lot of headaches down the pipe.
The following letter was published in the Muncie Star Press on September 27th, 2013.
The city of Muncie has allowed and approved the construction of an apartment/commercial complex between University Avenue and North Street, and between Martin and Dicks streets, without proper sewage connections to the only 12-inch (inside diameter of pipes are only 9 inches) combination storm/sewage system that is 100 years old.
This line is too small for present use, much less adding extra sewage and runoff with new construction. The $50 million-plus project (200-plus apartments and maybe 10 retail stores) has not allowed any new sewage lineage.
It seems no one is willing to discuss this future problem with me as a local taxpayer.
Many of my neighbors cannot use their basements or flush their commodes in heavy rain in the area with combination storm and raw sewage.
No one wants to hear me complaining about this future problem. I think EPA should bring an injunction to stop this construction until Muncie invests and installs a new sewage system.
It seems the city only wants the new tax money from this project, yet refuses to install new sewage lines for all the additional development.
We have problems when most neighbors take the plug out of their basement drain, the water pressure in the sewage line will hit the basement ceiling. Pressure has cracked some basement floors.
Why will no one talk to me about this future problem?
Please help me before it is too late.
Muncie Sanitary District – Bill Smith (765) 213-6412
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler (765) 747-4845
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
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.
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.
The day has finally come. The day Muncie City Council will vote on the Layne Crest neighborhood.
The room was packed full of people and I wish it was packed every month. That being said…..
Linda Gregory asked the minutes of November 1st meeting be amended to include a breakdown of Marshal’s budget cuts.
Mary Jo Barton presented Sam Marshal and Mike King each a plaque for their service on Muncie common council.
Ordinance 39-11 was first on the agenda. This is the rezoning of what has commonly been called Layne Crest.
Mr. Sam Marshall, president said he would allow one spokesperson from each side to speak.
The attorney for Campus Crest spoke first. Mr. Shockley had a compelling argument. He had drawings, studies, petitions and everything in between. He presented for nearly 30 minutes. When he finished, Sam Marshall changed his tune and said he would allow 15 people to speak at three minutes each for the neighborhood.
I would say approximately nine or ten people spoke. However, there were citizens allowed to speak not in favor of the citizens of the Layne Crest edition. In my humble opinion, Marshall should had gaveled the speakers and reminded them the purpose of the last half of the meeting. This was the time for the citizens to represent their views. How can a group of people who care for their neighborhood even begin to compete with an attorney experienced in presenting an argument, let alone the commercial drawings and promises of a better Muncie?
I’ll cut to the chase. The ordinance was passed.
Voting for the ordinance:
Voting against the ordinance:
Voting to abstain:
Alison Quirk read a prepared speech, which gave some an indication of how she might vote.
Linda Gregory said she agonized over the decision, even lost sleep. She spent time reading the ordinance, the planning commission recommendation and the zoning board’s decision.
Mark Conatser gave his opinion why this should pass.
Jerry Dishman, who was elected to represent this area of Muncie, said not a word.
I didn’t stay for the rest of the meeting. I will be surprised if Ordinance 41-11 for the approving of additional appropriations for the budget year of 2011 will be approved. This includes the $1,000 bonus for the employees. I believe the employees of Muncie have done an excellent job under some of the most gruelling and trying circumstance, and haven’t received a raise some in four or more years. Some may say they are not deserving. I may say that, myself, if I hadn’t seen the extraordinary work they produced.
Good night, Muncie.
Muncie City Council Votes for Rezoning Star Press 12-5-11