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Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Irreconcilable Details

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There appears to be some discrepancies regarding the financial details as reported in The Plain Dealer article and The Sun Messenger online post above.

  • The Plain Dealer reports the city "paid out about $311,000 in 2007 property taxes." According to the loan application submitted to Cuyahoga County, the city stated the the taxes were $460,526.22.

  • Per The Plain Dealer regarding the Cuyahoga County Port Authority, "It also will issue bonds to repay the $1.08 million unforgivable portion of short-term county redevelopment loans used to demolish the old buildings and clean up the site." - If this scenario is fact, the County Department of Development lends the money and forgives 40% only to have the County Port Authority step in and pay the "unforgivable" 60%. Now that would be convenient. The Sun Messenger account states, regarding that same loan from the county, "The money the city is determined to owe will be repaid by the Coral Co." - Which explanation, if either, is factual?

    Please review the edited version of the "Commercial Redevelopment Fund Public Entity Application" below. This will highlight the inconsistencies noted above. To view the entire application, please refer to the following link:

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An interesting observation regarding the relationship between the City of South Euclid and the Cuyahoga County government:

From 1996-1998, Georgine served as the Co-Executive of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party after being appointed by Cuyahoga County Democratic Chair Jimmy Dimora. In 1998, she was appointed Administrative Bailiff to Judge Ann T. Mannen, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

  • Is it possible that the relationship between Dimora and Welo facilitated easier access to County funds for South Euclid projects?

The city boasted on their website of - "A well attended Inaugural Ceremony represented by the following officials: Judge Patricia A. Kleri Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo State Rep. Kenny Yuko, House Dist. 7State Rep. Lance Mason, House Dist. 11 U.S. House Representative, Stephanie Tubbs Jones "

  • The photo below was taken at the Inaugural Ceremony for South Euclid City Council members, Edward Icove, Moe Romeo, Jane Goodman and Ruth Gray on January 03, 2006:

Below is a partial copy of a letter from the Law Director of South Euclid regarding Cedar Center. It has been edited to leave only information with relevance to that topic, except the fabulous quote which is boxed in green. The entire text of this letter can be viewed at this site "More Evasive Maneuvers ," posted on June 29, 2008.

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Please click on the link below to review information regarding the Cuyahoga County Port Authority and their recent adoption of a "development - finance policy" pertaining to their withdrawal from financial support of suburban retail projects as reported by The Plain Dealer. If the Law Director is giving accurate information in his letter, there is currently NO agreement between the City of South Euclid and the Port Authority pertaining to Cedar Center. Wouldn't their new policy prohibit the investment of County funds into a shopping center?:

Below is a timeline of events as reported on South Euclid Oversight. These posts detail financially significant events. They have been selected from all the posts at South Euclid Oversight to represent a pattern of spending and decision making by this City Council and Mayor.

  • Sunday, March 25, 2007 QUOTE

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hartigan Appointed

Robert P. Hartigan was appointed to fill the vacant Council-at-Large seat on South Euclid City Council.
  • Mr. Hartigan resides on Lucille Avenue
  • He is a real estate agent
  • He was appointed to the Planning Commission
  • He ran for Council-at-Large in November 2003

Friday, August 8, 2008

Financial Discrepancies

First and foremost, this post is by no means an attack on the concept of the "Playground of Possibilities" for use by challenged children initiated by the City of South Euclid. That being said, it is important to note it is the haphazard approach to the financing and organizational details that seem askew.

Mayor Welo has often stressed the need for regionalism in Northeast Ohio. Why was “Preston’s H.O.P.E.” in nearby Beachwood overlooked as an option? Please click on the following link to view information regarding this fully accessible playground park which is free and open to the public:

Please compare the financial information reported by Mayor Welo in the following video with the information presented in The Sun Messenger article below.

-ORDINANCE 31-08-

PROVIDING FOR THE APPROPRIATION OF UNAPPROPRIATED FUNDS IN THE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AND REPAIR FUND "OTHER CHARGES" ACCOUNT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $150,000.00

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Who's The Boss?

Mayor Georgine Welo states that "Point-of-Sale" has had a negative impact on home sales in other communities in the area. She publicly questions the logic of tying up money in escrow. If she genuinely disagrees with the action City Council is taking, it's time for her to exert her influence from the bully pulpit.

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Why didn't Welo show up at the Committee meeting on July 28th regarding "Point-of-Sale" even though her name was on the agenda?

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Will the City use public funds in their effort to sway the voters in their campaign for "Point-of-Sale?" What are the legal implications of using tax dollars against a referendum ballot issue?

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