His Monroe going from a city to a Village concept is frightening. He may very well be a nice guy but the nice guy is way off base here. Talk about a mass exodus out of Monroe!
I am going to make a point to ask him, just like I have made it a point to ask Councilman Burkett about the whole firing of Ben Tellerico that you told us about. If it is true, than it is very disturbing that he would say this. Thanks for sharing - too bad we did not know prior to the interview's with the MEN as they could have asked about it.
Yeah, right, David Smith/ City Resident/ City Residenttoo is going to "educate" the voters of Monroe. He's going to step up to the plate and take on the yoke of Great "Educator" so the voters know the "truth"! Only the rhetoric from David Smith is a little short on the "truth" end of the stick and real big on distorted facts and untruths.
Man, again, I am not David Smith or City Resident - your suppositions are based on your own ignorant thoughts that anyone who disagrees with you must be the great evil one; David Smith. Problem is, David, nor I or even City Resident are evil we just disagree. (Disclaimer: I don't actually know David Smith or City Resident so I can't REALLY say they are not evil. OK - I do know me and I am sure that I am not evil. Yep, not evil, just called a third party and confirmed it).
He accuses THEM of having a coalition, but during the last election the 3C Coalition were all joined at the hip with website, literature, etc. with all their pictures on it together, haven't seen that from these 3 at all. Check out www.wecareaboutmonroe.com
Please re-examine my post in the Iaconageli thread - I thought this was wrong too and still think that it is. It is funny that Councilman Paisley is referencing it in his postcards and that he even used a copy of his photo from the City website for this postcard (OK, I don't know if it is the same photo - this comment is to pay homage to Councilwoman Compora's rant regarding John Martin's photo after the last election).
I am not happy about the idea of any "coalition" from either side. This is what's wrong with Monroe - we have a short list of people on committees and groups and so on. I don't want either side. I have said it before and I will say it again; I don't like the fact that the former Mayor is aligned so close with Mr. Floraday, Ms. Compora and Ms. Guyor (or maybe they are aligned with him). This bothers me - sorry. Maybe it is just me (I am old) but to me Mr. Iaconageli is a bit too much like Mr. Floraday's "Rabbi" - appointed him to the DDA, Mr. Floraday's wife sits on the library advisory committee that got Mayor Iaconageli to purchase the United Furniture Building, the secretary for the Floraday campain is a CPC appointee of Mayor Iaconageli. Mayor Iacoangeli is too close with Ms. Compora - not once did she vote opposite of him during his tenure, not once! Hell, even a spouse disagrees sometimes don't they?
So - what's your excuse for the Burkett, Conner, Paisley coalitiion that not only features signs grouped together but also "togetherness" thru the mail?
I have no love for the CCC ideal - I though it was stupid then and stupid now. I will admit that I like Councilman Burkett and have found Mrs. Conner refreshing. I am saddened that they have again engaged in this type of behavior. In terms of Councilman Paisley I will save my words and simply say that my feelings would echo a former post from the MEN:http://www.monroenews.com:80/apps/pbcs.dll/news_message?Category=HAUPRICHTARTSCOL&ThemeID=877&GroupID=234798&InReplyTo=59869
I see where your boy Worrell not only wants to close the east side fire station and lay off 9 firefighters but he ALSO wants to do away with the ambulance service!
It said in the newspaper that he wanted to "follow the study" and this would mean a reduction in firefighters per shift and in total - I am not sure that I have a problem with this. We paid for an assessment by a competent, reliable source and yet months after we receive it we are doing nothing. BTW, the study actually says, "eliminate three positions (two that are currently vacant) and reduce minimum staffing levels to nine on duty fire fighters" (currently there are ten).
Please don't try and scare people on the eastside to drum up support. Please, cite where Mr. Worrell said this. The supposition is to eventually close close the North Custer station if (notice I said if) the feasibility study the City is having done supports building an underpass on Elm Ave. to keep traffic from being tied up at the Toll St. railroad crossing. There is no way to do this with the east boundary of Monroe.
So the poor people on the East side of town have already got it stuck to them by Cappuccilli and his cronies with the scrapyard deal, now they stand to get an additional kick in the teeth by Worrell!
Sadly, your facts are not in order. Mayor Icoanageli can "spin" this however he likes but here is the truth: Monroe Transfer bought the property on 3rd St. in 2004. The property was zoned heavy industrial.
The Mayor at the time, Iacoangeli, didn't want them to open in that location, so he met with them and suggested the Port of Monroe property. He and the Port, including then Port employee Richardville, offered to improve the Borchert property, to include infrastructure improvements, rail access, etc. Monroe Transfer spent a great deal of money on engineering plans, only to later be told that the City did not have the money to make the necessary improvements to the property, all the while attempting to rezone the 3rd St. property to light industrial. It seems that the buildings were rezoned to light industrial, but not the entire property. Monroe Transfer could have the Port property, but they would have to invest the 3-4million dollars to get the property to their standards. So they walked away and returned to the 3rd St. property. Basically, the City, under then Mayor Iacoangeli, reneged on the trade, and still wished to rezone the 3rd St. property, illegally, since Monroe Transfer had bought the property all along with the intent to reopen the site as had been historically used for. Well, it turns out that there was a "mistake" and the property was not actually rezoned. Monroe Transfer went before the CPC once again, and the CPC voted unanimously to leave the entire parcel as heavy industrial. The City Council then voted to leave the parcel heavy industrial by a 3-4 vote, after much contention. 5 votes were needed to change the property to light industrial, so the property remained unchanged as heavy industrial.
Then the planning department along with the building department said that the use of the property was a special land use instead of the permitted use of Recycling Center as requested. Monroe Transfer then went before the Zoning Board of Appeals, and even though the city attorney stated that the use was a scrap yard, the zoning board voted that the use was a Resource Recovery Center, by a 7-2 vote, and thus required special land use. Since then, Monroe Transfer has filed a lawsuit against the City of Monroe. I have not heard any more than that, and don't know where in the legal system they are at, but they should just be allowed to open up as a recycling center, providing much needed jobs, and save the taxpayers the cost of a lawsuit.
After that lengthy explanation of what I understand the facts to be, it appears that the entire "mess" was indeed started by the attempted "illegal" rezoning of the land by Iacoangeli's administration, and the failure to live up to a land trade by the Iacoangeli administration. What followed by the planning department's foul up was not directly under his control, but I would think that a "professional" planner would know the proper times to rezone property, and the times when it could get you into litigation which the City will probably lose. If these facts are incorrect, please attempt to enlighten me with your facts.
(note; this is a copy and paste from a poster on another blog (but, you know that Kazoo - you have posted there).
Not a smart choice closing down the ambulance service
Why not? No other municipality in Monroe County has there own "City" ran ambulance service. I think we need to at least ask the question; "is it reasonable to pay money for a service that could be provided by the private sector?" Can we continue to afford this? If this is such a wonderful system why then have most Cities gotten out of this business?
Ya know, ever since the great economy in Michigan has went down we have all suffered - I, for one, have needed to put non-premium fuel in my mam mouth SUV! Sorry, things change. (disclaimer; I don't have an SUV. I drive a golf cart and am the most green person you will ever know).
Oh BTW - anybody catch Mark Worrell's website that was just put up? Talk about riding Iacoangeli's coattails in this election - Iacoangeli's website has been up and running for this election for over a month and a half now and has been advertised in the MEN - Worrell copied Iacoangeli's website almost verbatim! Now THERE'S a proven leader!
No arrogance in you is there? Copied - dude, like John Iacoangeli is the first person ever to think of a web site! Yeah, thinks to John and Al Gore we have the Internet with websites!
OK - for those of us that are honest here is the truth. John had the same web address during the last election. Mr. Worrell does have a website that (from what it says) his daughter built. But, then again, so to do other candidates - why just pick out Mr. Worrell?
John Iacoangeli for Mayor: http://mayorformonroe.com
Mark Worrell for Mayor: http://worrellformayor.com
Cheryl McIntyre for Mayor: http://mcintyreformayor.com/
Jeremy Molinda for Council: http://molendaforcitycouncil.com
Tonya Sweat for Council: http://freewebs.com/sweat4council
Frankly, I found all of there sites informative and interesting (disclaimer, I found Iacoangeli's site "voice notes" annoying - poor recording you can hear him breath - OK, it's just my awesome system).
A candidate touting their religious affiliation would not receive my vote.
Did he "tout" it or simply list his membership in the church? If it was simply stating he was a member is that acceptable?