Hang on to your hats folks. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier - it did. The following videos are of the South Euclid City Council Meeting held on March 9, 2009.
The first video is of Councilperson David Miller reading a statement which appears to be fueled by anger over a letter to the editor which was published in the Sun Messenger on March 5th. A link to that letter is included below along with the previous related posts on this subject. There are some blatant inaccuracies among his words. All of the city’s department heads are not men. Sally Martin is the head of the Housing Department and Georgine Welo serves as Safety Director as well as Mayor. More outrageous is that both he and Councilperson Ruth Gray (in the second video) insist that the reason for any objections to a proposed $15,000 pay increase is because the Director of the Community Center is a woman!
There were two “Budget Hearings”- the first was approximately a 4 hour session, the second was 1 hour. It is most important to note, at NO time during those meetings was there ANY mention of gender based discrimination during the discussions which included all 7 of the Councilpersons and the Finance Director. In fact, the only two Councilpersons who DID object to the amount of the proposed raise were Jane Goodman, who initially seemed aghast by the proposal, and Sunny Simon. Further, when the topic was brought up at the open session of Council on February 23rd by a female member of the public, nothing was said by either Miller or Gray on the subject.
Additionally, Ruth Gray incorrectly says that on February 23rd, Council President Moe Romeo took responsibility for the proposal of the raise. In reality, when questioned on who suggested the $15,000 increase, Mr. Romeo clearly indicated it was “the Administration.”
The need for such wanton theatrics over the matter is perplexing and pathetic, unless, City Hall feels South Euclid Oversight is truly having an impact on municipal issues.
Finally, if the elected officials of South Euclid feel justified in awarding such a salary increase to the Director of the Community Center, get on with it already and stop talking about it.
- time: 5 min. 03 sec.
- time: 4 min. 15 sec.
To view the previous related posts regarding this matter, please click on the following links: