Mayor Dennis Tyler

Is Muncie the new Love Canal?

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If you have been following the development of the old Indiana Wire and Steel property here is an updated site with quite a bit of information from those who are living in the neighborhood.

The paper hasn’t been reporting much if any, and certainly, the City of Muncie and the Redevelopment Commission has not brought forth any updates.

IDEM was at the site on Thursday (April 13, 2017) and so far there has not been any information on their findings from that visit.

So you may be thinking, “Not my concern” but if the concrete is contaminated and it stands to reason it is, the particles can be airborne.

So, take a look at the Facebook page if you feel so inclined.  A video has been posted on April 12th showing the condition of the property.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1123293014418066/

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Saturday Ramblings: April Fools Day

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Good morning.

Muncie is always in the news.  If it’s not the Muncie Community Schools, it’s the City of Muncie.    Necks are hurting from all the shaking of the heads or SMH for short.

Muncie is in a perpetual state of April Fool’s Day and the joke is on those living within the boundaries.  We at Muncie Politics thought it would be fun and challenging to bring to remembrance some of the more funnier jokes.

  1. 2012 Muncie’s tax levy was increased.  The city controller blamed it on the previous administration for not considering insurance increases.  Seems they forgot Muncie City Council did not approve the ’12 budget.   On a side note: the tax levy has increased every year since ….go figure.
  2.  Consider a private pool located in Mayor Tyler’s neighborhood and his family frequents receiving $10,000 city tax dollars for repairs while the city pool operates at a $96,000 deficit.
  3. The previous mayor, McShurley, promised enough money was available to fund public safety and she left the city with over $8 million in funds to support her claim.  Mayor Tyler assured us that he also had enough money for public safety.  But, in 2015 he passed LOIT and an income tax increase in a mere 14 days. (43% increase)
  4. Mayor Tyler promised living wage jobs but it appears the only person seeing an income increase was his building commissioner.  I mean, how many people get paid for work never performed?  It’s a good gig if you’re inclined to pick the pockets of taxpayers.
  5. In 2016 the Mayor encouraged his street superintendent to run for county commissioner.  Meanwhile, they were attempting to get paving funds yanked from the county.  The State of Indiana said no, it was a minor error which the State did not catch in the approval process.   The State would not punish the county.  Funny how Mayor Tyler can sniff out a county issue while his administration is hosting FBI agents investigating city corruption.
  6. The State of Indiana awarded the City of Muncie $4 million for demolitions of blighted property.  It took the city a few years to get started and Mayor blamed the late start on the State.  Never mind other communities were ahead of the game.  If they were making headway with the funds, why is Muncie so far behind?
  7. The City of Muncie approved to forgive $10,000 in delinquent property taxes for a community garden.  I don’t know if the State said yes because there has been no follow-up and no community garden, either.  Considering the land housed an old factory…was polluted anyway.
  8. Of course, who could forget the Muncie Redevelopment Director, Todd Donati, asking for a tax reduction on his personal condo claiming it was economic development.   City Council voted no, but Donati vowed to return with his request when people were more “open” to the idea.
  9. Muncie has also ventured into the real estate business.  Putting out a request to bid on a privately owned downtown building throwing in a city-owned parking lot.  The requirements were stringent and no bidders came forth.  So, the city is planning on “loaning” over $7 million to the owners.
  10. After Mayor Tyler won, he said both the county and the city was controlled by one party and there would be no excuses.  However, there are excuses.  If it’s not the State of Indiana it’s the previous mayor’s fault…oh well.

It’s been a perpetual April Fools Day since January 1st, 2012, and the joke is on us.

SPECIAL HEARING!

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Muncie’s City Council is holding a “SPECIAL HEARING” on their proposed rental property registration ordinance this coming Monday evening, December 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Muncie City Hall auditorium!!!
ALL City of Muncie investment property owners and renters will be subject to this new ordinance whereas the City of Muncie will force properties to be registered and subject to inspection! (see the attached ordinance)
There is already ordinances, the Delaware County Building Commissioner and the Delaware County Health Department established to protect citizens from unhealthy conditions and substandard housing. This new legislation is nothing more than to create more bureaucracy, new revenues through additional fees and expand local government that already can’t pay it’s own way or enforce the existing ordinances already on the books.
Be there if you want to be heard!

The Mayor and the Chief -the end of a friendship?

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Dennis Tyler at HomecomingMayor Tyler of the City of Muncie is disputing the split with the former chief of police and the city.

The Mayor provided a statement to the local newspaper unsigned, no city letterhead and delivered by an attorney.  What’s that all about?  Who issues a public statement like this?

Read it here:

Mayor disputes cause of split with ex-chief

 

Saturday morning rambling: 3 Reasons in 3 Days

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Just three reasons in three days  why Delaware County has such a bad reputation.

In this article, the Mayor of Muncie has his superintendent report on a grant error.  The mayor goes on to lie about it. Why would a candidate running for county commissioner, Duke Campbell, try to remove grant funding for a county he was looking to serve?  He was told to do it, that’s why.  Will he serve at the pleasure of the mayor or the pleasure of the people?  A political stunt with the potential to backfire.

City told state the of an error to jeopardize grant funding

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A day or so earlier, this article appeared about the voter registrations investigated by the Indiana State police.  I mean, 25% of the registrations were improper and it is considered a “small” amount.  Does anyone care about the integrity of our elections.

1 in 4 registrations rejected

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In the third article, we find the city’s building commissioner is citing the GOP for campaign signs on their property.  Which depending on how you read State law it could be a violation.  However, the building commissioner, Craig Nichols, currently under investigation by the FBI, has been in this position for eight election cycles and never thought to violate the GOP until a few days ago.

GOP chairman claims harassment by city over signs

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Closing thoughts, can we just get through one local election without the very appearance of impropriety?