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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Paid Advertising

Below is an article published as a special supplemental insert to the October 23, 2008 issue of The Sun Messenger. According to The Sun News office, and confirmed by another paid advertiser, the stories were submitted by those who purchased the space.

It is unfortunate the initial construction of this project took place prior to the money being secured.

What was the cost for this paid advertisement? From what source did the funds originate?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ordinance 46-08

Ordinance 46-08 is another piece of the mystery surrounding the financial charades at Cedar Center. The Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board has yet to sign off on any "TIF" agreement with the City of South Euclid.

Below Ordinance 46-08 are a few excerpts from the "PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND CONTRACT FOR SALE OF LAND" signed in October 2007 by The Coral Company and the City of South Euclid.

To see the entire text of the development agreement, please click on the following link:

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Greenvale 9 Review

di·lap·i·dat·ed (-lāp'ĭ-dā'tĭd) - Having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, as through neglect; broken-down and shabby, in deplorable condition; Decayed; fallen into partial ruin; injured by bad usage or neglect. "a tumble-down shack"
SOUTH EUCLID OVERSIGHT is in possession of the Building Department inspection reports for each of the Greenvale 9 homes, inclusive of interior and exterior, for the 4 years prior to demolition.

Under NO circumstances were those homes in disrepair, dilapidated, falling down, or blighted. There is NO viable reason they required being torn down.

All photographs in the following posts were taken shortly before the homes were destroyed.


















Friday, October 24, 2008

Disingenuous Rhetoric

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The Sun Messenger article brings many interesting aspects to light, but offers more omissions and contradictions coming from City Hall:

  1. How much canvassing did Welo do in the fall of 2007? She ran unopposed.
  2. One very important omission about the required escrow account is – a minimum amount of $1000.00 must be deposited regardless of the amount of the repair.
  3. Indeed. A revenue producing scheme: More permits = $ for city = higher property value = higher taxes = more $$ for city.
  4. True. Citizen questions city Law Director: Please see video - Taxation With Misrepresentation
  5. Please pay particular attention to the section entitled "Questionable Credibility" as you view the post - Not So Fast
  6. Roadblocks And Barricades
  7. Please see video - Who's The Boss?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lack Of Transparency

In the video below, a collection of statements from various city officials reveal conflicting, and at times flat out wrong information being reported to the public.

In certain cases it appears as if some elected officials haven’t even read Ordinance 65-05 at all. NOTE: The actual amount of money to be deposited in the escrow account is 150% of the HIGHER of 2 estimates that must be obtained by the homeowner. HOWEVER – the minimum escrow deposit required is $1,000.00 – regardless of the amount of the repair. Compare other inaccurate statements made by city officials with the actual legislation:

False or misleading information whether given out by virtue of malicious intent or incompetence is unacceptable.

Why hasn’t the full and complete text of Ordinance 65-05 been posted on the City’s website for all to see? During one meeting, city officials incorrectly advise residents that the legislation is available online. It is NOT. Offering to get “just some facts about Point-of-Sale on our website,” isn’t good enough. The citizens deserve complete information and full access. If this legislation is so good for the city, it should sell itself.

The example below illustrates the lack of availability of the actual details of Ordinance 65-05.

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  • time: 6 min. 05 sec.

Other related posts :

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Taxation With Misrepresentation

While attempting to perpetrate this revenue generating legislation on the taxpayers, city officials have conveniently neglected to include the full text of Ordinance 65-05 from all forms of communication with the public. This includes the "Update" newsletter and the city website. Chapter 14 of the online Codified Ordinances has not been updated to include Section 1413 as of this date.

A resident brings his valid objections and logical concerns about "Point-of-Sale" to City Hall. His straightforward and accurate criticism was not well received.

  • time: 7 min. 26 sec.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What Will It Cost?

Mayor Welo reads a letter from Peter Rubin of The Coral Company regarding Cedar Center at the Council meeting on October 13, 2008. There was no mention of the complicated financing discussed in the letter or Welo's commentary. Although, she stated that "people are worried", and she "wanted to put all fears to rest.

The matter of whether or not Cedar Center is going to be redeveloped has become secondary to the issue of how much taxpayer money will it take?

  • time: 2 min. 30 sec.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

POINT-OF-SALE INFORMATION

VOTE NO! – ISSUE 106

CERTIFICATES OF INSPECTION / ORDINANCE 65-05 / POINT-OF-SALE

THE LINKS DESIGNATED BELOW CONTAIN “POINT-OF-SALE” INFORMATION WHICH INCLUDES:

  • FULL TEXT OF ORDINANCE 65-05 (designated below in red)

  • VIDEO FOOTAGE OF CITY OFFICIALS (designated below in green)

  • OFFICIAL BALLOT LANGUAGE

  • NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • PLEASE CLICK ON EACH TITLE BELOW TO VIEW THE POST AT SOUTH EUCLID OVERSIGHT:

PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING THIS INFORMATION WITH THOSE WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN SOUTH EUCLID! THANK YOU.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Conscientious Citizens

Three cheers for the citizens of South Euclid who took their objections to the streets and gathered signatures on referendum petitions to put "Point-of-Sale" on the November ballot.

The two letters below appeared in The Sun Messenger on October 9, 2008.

We agree 100%

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ORDINANCE 65-05 / CERTIFICATES OF INSPECTION / POINT-OF-SALE

PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO READ ENTIRE TEXT OF -

ORDINANCE 65-05:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ward 4 Meeting

The main thrust of the Ward 4 meeting, held at the Community Center on October 1, 2008, was to focus on the upcoming ballot issues:
  • Issue 135 - School Levy
  • Issue 106 - "Point-of-Sale"/"Certificates of Inspection"/Ordinance 65-05

City Council members in attendance were Jane Goodman, At-large Councilwoman Sunny Simon, and At-large Councilman David Miller.

Other matters discussed included an update on the Cedar Center project, the Playground of Possibilities, and Langerdale retention basin.

Below is a video clip of Keith Benjamin, Director of Community Services giving an update on the Cedar Center project.

  • time: 1 min. 37 sec.

For further information on Cedar Center, please click on the following links:

It was reported the “Playground of Possibilities” will not be completed or open to the public until next spring. All official reports indicate there has not been sufficient money raised to fulfill the basic financing requirement for the playground. It is unclear when the $150,000 "loan" from City funds will be repaid.

Below is a video clip regarding the playground:

  • time: 3 min. 03 sec.

To view photos and other information about the playground hosted at the City of South Euclid website please click on the links below:

One topic the Council members and Administration representatives in attendance were not able to address at this meeting was how the proposed program to provide wireless Internet access at city parks is progressing. There is some confusion as to whether the initial site survey has indeed already been completed and paid for as reported at a Recreation Committee meeting held on September 8, 2008.

South Euclid Oversight will look into this matter until this anomaly is put to rest.

Please see other posts regarding the consideration of wireless Internet in South Euclid parks:

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