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.
I chose this picture because it made my heart skip a beat. The boys and girls of Buley Center made this sign and proudly held it for all to see. If only I could have captured their faces, what a blessing it would have been.
Clicking the picture will take you to an album of snapshots of the opening day of Tuhey Pool.
You can see more pictures and a video of Mayor Sharon McShurley going down the slide at Muncie Star Press.
Periodically, I would drive by Tuhey Pool to assess the progress of the construction. It wasn’t all that exciting and not much changed from trip to trip. The last visit was about a week ago. What a difference a few days can make.
A welcome sight to find water flowing into the pool, and the lifeguard stations up. What really tugged at me was the slide. A beautiful blue and white circular slide, although stationary, was full of movement. The sun glistening on the color and contrasting to the crystal blue water was so inviting. The picture taken with my phone turned out far better than I imagined.
All sorts of images ran through my mind as I snapped the few shots. The most vivid was imagining the children on the slide. delightful laughter, smiling faces and surprised looks as each one hit the water.
Just being kids.
Last week there was so much construction debris I wondered if it would be finished by this summer. To the untrained eye, all that is left to be done today, is the landscaping and finishing touches on the building.
The first vote to pass the bond was:
- Marshall :No
- Barton: No
- King: Abstain
- Quirk: Abstain
- Dishman: Yes
- Gregory: Yes
- Polk: Yes
- Conaster: Yes
The do-over vote:
- King: Yes
As Quirk, Barton and Marshall could not vote because there were “just to many questions”, I have to wonder why only Gregory attended the Park Board Hearing on Tuhey.
One thing is for sure, City Hall was packed tonight. A lot of comment on the meeting, from the people. Disbelief at how city council members run the city. Not to be shocked….
Yes, this is how City Council is at every meeting.
More to come…..
Sunday’s (8-1-10) paper an editorial written by Andrew Dale. The title of the piece “Why Tuhey Commons Matters”. Although, pleased with what was written, I am concerned about the motivation behind the editorial piece. Many of you may have read it.
A letter dated that very same day was given to Councilperson Linda Gregory and copies distributed to all the city council members. The same was given to Delaware County Commissioner Todd Donati which was read at the Monday Commissioner’s Meeting.
I had heard some rumbling the city was going to approach the county for a bond issuance for Tuhey Pool. I was told it was mentioned at the presentation during City Council July 12th meeting. I couldn’t recall it. So, I went to the video and watched the presentation again. Nothing.
The UNISON group, planned on approaching the county for a bond, not the city. In fact, I am a little taken back by the letter Andrew Dale wrote. It seems a far cry from his editorial in the paper. In fact, it appears the whole Tuhey Pool has become, yet another game of politics being played out by johhny-on-the-spot UNISON and the County Commissioner President, Todd Donati.
The city asked for a 2 million dollar bond to repair, upgrade the pool, adding other amenities like a splash park. Popular attractions such as splash pools and dumping buckets will increase the attendance. The pool will become compliant with ADA laws, making it accessible for those with disabilities to enjoy, Depending on how the bids come back, and if there is additional money left over, the park will sport better parking and an all-purpose building.
I am not fond of going into debt. On the other hand, the public is asking for Tuhey to reopen and with imrovements and attractions . A large amount of city residents are supportive of the plan.
So, let’s tale a look at how much the 20 year bond may cost. (This is only preliminary until the bond gets approved.) One penny will be added to the tax rate. Meaning a house with an A/V of $50,000 will pay $1.15 – $1.95 a year. Tom Bennington, President of the Muncie Sanitation Department has said the MSD tax rate will be lowered considerably. Basically, we will be saving money on sewer and it will more then offset the cost of the bond.
UNISON and Andrew Dale want a larger scale operation, which at this time is not affordable.
Andrew Dale, chairman of UNISON, a group that favors pursuit of a significantly larger water park project at Tuhey, criticized the mayor — without mentioning her by name — at Monday’s meeting. SP 8-3-10
Mayor McShurley, Matt Bailey and the Parks Board would enjoy entertaining a grandiose program, finances dictate otherwise.
McShurley and Bailey have suggested the work funded by the $2 million bond issue could be the first step in a larger project such as that favored by Dale and others. SP 8-3-10
Andrew Dale’s editorial and his motives are unclear. He states in his letter it’s not about politics. Friends, it ia ALL about politics.
Mr. Dale does not believe the Mayor or the city will be able to carry out plans for Tuhey. I wonder how he arrived at this assumption. Surely, if the Mayor can make Prairie Creek self-sustaining (among other things), restore HUD’s confidence in the city, find 2.5 million dollar budget cuts (CC’s form of cuts has already been discussed), saved money on the paving, stayed under budget this winter and still got the streets cleaned, the Tuhey Pool can be another win. The Mayor has placed qualified people in key positions for us to realize these triumphs.
Tuhey is no different. It can be a success story, too. Maybe that’s the problem.
Take a few minutes to read Mr, Dale’s letter. I find it more than disconcerting.
The video of City Council’s 8-2-10 meeting can be found at www.propertytaxrepeal.com
Been just a little preoccupied with life’s circumstances so the blog has felt neglected. Will try to catch up on all the happenings and perhaps do an outline sometime soon.
That being said, tonight was Chat With The Mayor.
Just a handful of people showed for the evening. Some new faces and plenty of old ones. We heard an update on the parks system from Matt Bailey and a brief comment from Mayor Mac on the Japan trip.
This last visit to Japan has gotten a committment from a company to visit Muncie when they are in Indiana. Would be nice to have a committment for jobs, yet we all know this takes time to foster relationships. The whole world is in a financial slump and even though there are some rumblings of a recovery, it is yet to be seen.
Someone asked about the plans for Robert’s Hotel. Plenty of ideas have been presented. Of course, the hotel is in foreclosure and will be in the tax sale. Several liens on the property complicate the situation more. Still, it would be wonderful to see some movement. It is such a beautiful building.
Bobby Patterson could not make the chat. Matt Bailey gave us a rundown on the plans for PCR. There are ideas to develop the beach area, beach house and playground. Plans to make the park ADA compliant. (Wonderful!). Ball foundation has generously given PCR a $50,000 grant to make it happen.
Perhaps many of you have noticed the plantings around the parks as part of the beautification project. There is actually some money in an endowment fund that has never been spent for this purpose. I always thought the parks were very bland in nature. Glad to see some color for a pleasant change.
The city will be taking bids on playground equipment for Cooley park. A nice upgrade is overdue.
Our newest park, Canan Commons, located in the downtown area will be exciting to watch as it develops. We saw a conceptual drawing tonight. There will be a sidewalk, rain gardens and solar lights. All eco-friendly with low maintenance and low water usage. Part of luring VAT to this area was to purchase lighting, and so the light will be energy efficient as they are powered by solar energy.
Hopefully, there will be a fixed stage, that is in the mix. The park will also have electricity and water allowing for a multi-task park. Meaning, we can have art shows, community events, perhaps a farmer’s market all utilizing the Commons.
In fact, someone has already requested the use of the park.
I can’t remember if the Mayor said there was $220,000 for the park. $190,000 has come from HUD funds, and MSD Storm Water has donated $140,000.
This will be an asset for the downtown area.
Of course, we can’t forget about parking. There is a committee made up of IVY Tech, Street Department and downtown businesses working on the plan for parking.
Tuhey pool was on the agenda. Again, we saw a conceptual drawing of what may be the future of Tuhey. Although, it looks great, reality is knocking on the door. So, for now, the plans are to get the pool functional. Keep in mind none of the mechanics of the pool have every been replaced. Everything is original. I think we got some good life out of it.
The west wall sustained the most damage. The leakage from the pool went under the road and into the river. Getting this repaired will save money and replacing the parts will create a reasonable savings.
The bathhouse is in good condition and just needs a little TLC. A new roof and some sprucing up and it will be good as new.
Right now, the city is toying with a $2,000,000 bond. I am not to fond of borrowing money, but, that’s just me. The last estimate to repair the pool was $500,000 in the ballpark.
The priorities for Tuhey are as follows:
- Repair existing pool
I wasn’t aware there are groups working on Tuhey Pool. Found out tonight, we got ’em. Good news, and thanks to all those which are devoting time and money for the pool.
That’s all for Munciepolitics tonight.
Remember, there is an election just around the corner. Vote informed.