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The Gazette Is A Dinosaur wrote:
It s likely that more Liberty Township residents read Topix than the Delaware Gazette. If the authors of the Letters to the Editor really want to reach Liberty Township , they should submit letters to the This Week Olentangy and This Week Delaware papers which cover the entire Township.
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You got your wish. The February 21 issue of ThisWeek Olentangy has 4 articles BLASTING Melanie for her ill-considered actions.

A Guest editorial from Mark Gerber, Fiscal Officer, and 3 letters to the editor from citizens.

Obviously, there is a group of citizens who have had enough of Melanie. They were concerned enought to compose letters to the editor criticizing the actions of Liberty Twp. newest Trustee.

Perhaps Melanie made a poor career choice.
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I love when people write that Melanie should go. How dumb are you? She just started her second year of a four year term, so she has just under three years to go. Sybert and Carducci are on the ballot in November if they decide to run again. They are the ones who need to go. They put us in this mess, not Melanie. Now Sybert and Carducci extended the FFs contract by another year even though their current contract doesn't expire until late in 2014. Glad they're securing the raises for the FF when all they do is poor mouth about how little money the FD has. Great work! Glad they're looking out the their consituents.
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Love it wrote:
I love when people write that Melanie should go. How dumb are you? She just started her second year of a four year term, so she has just under three years to go. Sybert and Carducci are on the ballot in November if they decide to run again. They are the ones who need to go. They put us in this mess, not Melanie. Now Sybert and Carducci extended the FFs contract by another year even though their current contract doesn't expire until late in 2014. Glad they're securing the raises for the FF when all they do is poor mouth about how little money the FD has. Great work! Glad they're looking out the their consituents.
This is so full of half truths and misleading statements that I don't know where to start. Melanie is a train wreck, plain pure and simple. Melanie caused this problem with the Fire Dept., and she should be held accountable for it.
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Melanie must go wrote:
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You got your wish. The February 21 issue of ThisWeek Olentangy has 4 articles BLASTING Melanie for her ill-considered actions.
A Guest editorial from Mark Gerber, Fiscal Officer, and 3 letters to the editor from citizens.
Obviously, there is a group of citizens who have had enough of Melanie. They were concerned enought to compose letters to the editor criticizing the actions of Liberty Twp. newest Trustee.
Perhaps Melanie made a poor career choice.
And you can add the Saturday Feb. 23 Dispatch as a source to read one of the letters to the editor. Clearly, there is an alternative view of Melanie than her adoring fans, The Friends of Liberty Twp. With Friends like them, who needs enemies?
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Melanie must go wrote:
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This is so full of half truths and misleading statements that I don't know where to start. Melanie is a train wreck, plain pure and simple. Melanie caused this problem with the Fire Dept., and she should be held accountable for it.
Actually, Gerber submitted the 6.6 mill levy and Sybert and Carducci are the ones who voted to place it on the ballot. The voters voted it down. Where do you get this has ANYTHING to do with Melanie? And before you answer, look at the voting stats, aka, what the public wanted.

Over 15,500 people voted on the levy in the Novemebr election. 7,730 voted yes, 7,802 voted no. If you think they all went to the polls because of their huge interest in the fire levy, think again. When it came down to the line, that either we have a fire department or we don't, only 4,475 people even went to the polls. 3,779 voted yes, 696 voted no. So if all of the 7,730 people who voted yes in the fall were such huge supporters of the levy/fire department, where were the other 3,951 of them when you needed them THE MOST? Then consider how many people voted no in November then switched to voting yes in February, that makes for even fewer levy/fire department "supporters" who didn't show up. Why, you ask? Because they are not fire department supporters and they never gave a crap about the levy to begin with. They were there in November to vote for the next POTUS, read the text of the levy and made up their mind on the spot. Chances are they never even heard about the levy or any of the BS surrouning it. The numbers DON'T lie...that's what we have you, Gerber, Carducci and Sybert for.
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You know there are no qualifications to send a letter to the editor, right? You don't have to have any sort of education or even know what you are writing about. They don't check letters for accuracy.

There are about 26,000 people who live in Liberty Township and four whole people wrote letters to the editor. Big whoop. Especially considering the issue is O.V.E.R.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
Hey Tonto wrote:
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Actually, Gerber submitted the 6.6 mill levy and Sybert and Carducci are the ones who voted to place it on the ballot. The voters voted it down. Where do you get this has ANYTHING to do with Melanie? And before you answer, look at the voting stats, aka, what the public wanted.
Over 15,500 people voted on the levy in the Novemebr election. 7,730 voted yes, 7,802 voted no. If you think they all went to the polls because of their huge interest in the fire levy, think again. When it came down to the line, that either we have a fire department or we don't, only 4,475 people even went to the polls. 3,779 voted yes, 696 voted no. So if all of the 7,730 people who voted yes in the fall were such huge supporters of the levy/fire department, where were the other 3,951 of them when you needed them THE MOST? Then consider how many people voted no in November then switched to voting yes in February, that makes for even fewer levy/fire department "supporters" who didn't show up. Why, you ask? Because they are not fire department supporters and they never gave a crap about the levy to begin with. They were there in November to vote for the next POTUS, read the text of the levy and made up their mind on the spot. Chances are they never even heard about the levy or any of the BS surrouning it. The numbers DON'T lie...that's what we have you, Gerber, Carducci and Sybert for.
But you failed to consider one minor point. The fact remains that Melanie and her crew spread false and misleading information to the voters. Half truths and lies get the results we got in November. The turn around to the February levy is more than just a reduced levy. It is more than Melanie's approval. It is due in no small part to the citizens group that told the people the whole truth, and did not try and mislead the voters. Live in denial all you want.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
Dear Melanie must go wrote:
You know there are no qualifications to send a letter to the editor, right? You don't have to have any sort of education or even know what you are writing about. They don't check letters for accuracy.
There are about 26,000 people who live in Liberty Township and four whole people wrote letters to the editor. Big whoop. Especially considering the issue is O.V.E.R.
It will never truly be over until Melanie is out of office, and Guzzo quits running for township office. Then, it will be over.
I just hope we still have a viable township left.
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Cry Baby Gerber just cannot accept the fact that in November the voters rejected the outlandish raises negotiated by Dr. Cry Baby and the Trustees. The February amended levy just passed and Dr. Cry Baby is already crying the blues and attempting to set the stage for a future capital improvements levy. Gerber needs to accept the voters November decision and revisit in five years when the February levy is up for renewal.
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Here They Go Again wrote:
Cry Baby Gerber just cannot accept the fact that in November the voters rejected the outlandish raises negotiated by Dr. Cry Baby and the Trustees. The February amended levy just passed and Dr. Cry Baby is already crying the blues and attempting to set the stage for a future capital improvements levy. Gerber needs to accept the voters November decision and revisit in five years when the February levy is up for renewal.
And what do we do about the zeroed out capital account in the meantime? The February levy will keep the doors open, but will not provide any capital funding for equipment. What does the Fire Dept. do about the old fire truck and the medic that need replaced?

The November levy is old news. The Fire Dept. is still open, no thanks to Melanie and her crew, but problems remain.

Melanie is a train wreck. The damage she has already done to the Fire Dept. may never be fixed.

The concept of lower taxes is fine, but a certain amount of safety services are required. If Melanie really wants to cure waste fraud and abuse, why isn't she over at the school board? Their tax burden makes the township a bargain.
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First start charging health insurance companies for EMS service. This should get enough money ,$200K p er year for a new EMS and fire vehicles..

Freeze Liberty Township Fire/EM millage at the February 2013 amount approved by voters. Initiate a user pays premium (amount to be established by the Trustees) for those that utilize the services. The additional premium would go to cover any future raises and capital equipment purchases. If there are not enough runs to generate the funding then one has to seriously question the operations of the Department, It may well be that Liberty Township has more runs to adjoining communities than within our own township and if that is the case then there ought to be some kind of reimbursement schedule for services.

Let's face it less than 3% of the homes in Liberty Township are estimated to utilize Fire or EMS services over a 30 year period , yet the average homeowner will pay in excess of $30K (property tax plus interest on time value of money over a 30 year mortgage. To have the users pay a premium is a logical change in these difficult economic times.

Lastly make DELCO pay the full cost of Fire/ Ems to the Columbus Zoo. The Zoo pays sales taxes to the County but no property taxes to Liberty Township.
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Melanie must go wrote:
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But you failed to consider one minor point. The fact remains that Melanie and her crew spread false and misleading information to the voters. Half truths and lies get the results we got in November. The turn around to the February levy is more than just a reduced levy. It is more than Melanie's approval. It is due in no small part to the citizens group that told the people the whole truth, and did not try and mislead the voters. Live in denial all you want.
What were the lies and false and misleading information she sent out about the Novemeber levy? That it was a 42% increase over what we were paying? Because that was TRUE. It was even written in one the letters to the editor you seem to be so proud of.

What about the pro-levy group? They did not tell the whole truth.
Their FAQ sheet stated the November levy was a .6 mill increase over the current levy when in fact it was nearly a 2 mill increase over what we were paying. FLAT OUT LIE!!!
http://www.libertytwp.org/Downloads/Fire%20Le...

The results in November are indicative of what the people wanted. And considering the VERY low turnout of voters in February to actually SAVE the fire department means you didn't have the support you thought you had. Hardly ANYONE went to the polls. Where were your supporters then? Good thing Melanie sent out e-mails in support of the February levy, otherwise it may have failed again because no one would have voted. A webite and facebook page do not a campaign make.

I'm not living in denial. It all went exactly as I wanted. Failure in November, passage in February. But it was purely for political reasons, not because I don't support the fire department, but because I don't trust Gerber, Carducci and Sybert.
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Dear Melanie must go wrote:
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What were the lies and false and misleading information she sent out about the Novemeber levy? That it was a 42% increase over what we were paying? Because that was TRUE. It was even written in one the letters to the editor you seem to be so proud of.
What about the pro-levy group? They did not tell the whole truth.
Their FAQ sheet stated the November levy was a .6 mill increase over the current levy when in fact it was nearly a 2 mill increase over what we were paying. FLAT OUT LIE!!!
http://www.libertytwp.org/Downloads/Fire%20Le...
The results in November are indicative of what the people wanted. And considering the VERY low turnout of voters in February to actually SAVE the fire department means you didn't have the support you thought you had. Hardly ANYONE went to the polls. Where were your supporters then? Good thing Melanie sent out e-mails in support of the February levy, otherwise it may have failed again because no one would have voted. A webite and facebook page do not a campaign make.
I'm not living in denial. It all went exactly as I wanted. Failure in November, passage in February. But it was purely for political reasons, not because I don't support the fire department, but because I don't trust Gerber, Carducci and Sybert.
Nice to see you finally admit you are Melanie. False and misleading? How about the one about "no cutbacks in services?"
How about "bloated and overstaffed?"

Financially the Fire Dept. will take years to recover. You also failed to consider the additional costs of the second fire house that was opened near your home, and what that would do to the levy.

If you want to charge for services, you should have put that in place FIRST before shredding the Fire Dept. budget. Doing it your way is dangerous and risky. But then, you really don't think things through, do you?

You are a train wreck. You think you have it right, and everybody else has it wrong. You need a huge reality check. Both you and Peggy and your crew at Friends of Liberty Twp. need to figure out how the world really works. You have no clue.

There were two mistakes made that let you get this far. Bob Mann was wrong in not rebutting your outrageous and false campaign claims when you ran for trustee. You should have been hauled before the Election Commission for your actions. You won not because you are good, not because your are right. You won using the Obama playbook. Same problem in November with the levy. The spineless Fire Chief should have taken you on toe to toe, and proven your claims false then.

You have made Liberty Township Politics dirty. If you had an ounce of decency, you would be ashamed. A truly conservative Republican would apologize and resign. Probably not on your radar.

Your chance to redeem yourself is now on your doorstep. If you are half as good as you think you are, I am sure you will have no problem getting the Target store project cancelled. Of course, with no liability to the township. How you say? Well, you have all the answers, you tell us. When they build that thing, I hope you are stuck in the traffic gridlock it will surely cause. Between it and the Zoo, traffic on Sawmill will be ridiculous. What's your plan Melanie? Surely you have an answer for this?

Just what is your big plan, Melanie? Force the township to merger with Powell? If I wanted to live in Powell, I would. I choose not to.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
Liberty Township proves that township government is a form of local government so inefficient and bloated that it has become a rotting carcass of profligate waste, graft, corruption, stupidity, a refuge for petty narcissistic political morons and rank incompetence. Ohio should abolish and consolidate township government and services into a modern county-wide form of true representative local levelgovernment.

Here's some cuts: get rid of the 18 bureaucratic wastelands in the county and the incompetent public officials who draw exorbitant salaries and superior benefits to only screw things up as they feather their nests and rip-off taxpayers. 54 trustee pay and benefits saved, 18 fiscal fool officer salaries and the assorted entourage of cretinous relatives of the township power structure could be kissed goodbye and the taxpayers relieved of the burdens of keeping morons on the public payroll.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
Where do the trustees stand on the new Target proposed in Liberty Twp?

Are they for economic development or not?
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Feb 25, 2013
 
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Nice to see you finally admit you are Melanie. False and misleading? How about the one about "no cutbacks in services?"
How about "bloated and overstaffed?"
Where did it say that was Melanie? This is NOT Melanie. And there have NOT been cutbacks in services that the residents give a crap about. And the department WAS bloated and overstaffed. And Sybert and Carducci just got their 6% raise extended even though the township states they have no money. BTW, the pro-levy team stated that the Sawmill station would have to close. Did it? Uh, no...it didn't.

Melanie did not run a false campaign against Bob Mann. She stated that it was inappropriate for two law partners, him and Mary Carducci, to serve together on the board. And it is! That's what got to most voters, including me. Plus Bob Mann was a terrible trustee...so says the VOTERS! She didn't win by a hair either, she creamed him. He even lost his own precinct!

You wrote "A truly conservative Republican would apologize and resign." Apologize for what? And why resign? Because she is a winner? And the public continually agrees with her? But ask yourself this...would two truly conservative trustees, Curt Sybert and Mary Carducci, put a 42% tax increase on the ballot? No, they wouldn't. They would do a thorough review of the entire department looking for cutbacks, including staff, and other forms of fundng before going to the public. But that consists of work. And they are L.A.Z.Y. They didn't do one damn thing to review the fire dept. or their budget. They just asked us for more money. We said no. Now they HAVE to go back and figure out what to do. They should have done that first, don't you think? Going to the taxpayers should be the very last step, no the first.

So now Gerber in his ridiculous guest column wrote how disspoainted he is with the voters. Good. We'll remember that when it's his turn for reelection. I'm sure he'll be even more disappointed with us then.

None of the fire department's woes are because of Melanie. They are because Gerber, Sybert and Carducci asked for way too much money and the voters disagreed with them, not just Melanie. All the Melanie said about the November levy was that is was a 42% increase. And that is true. We all know how to do math.

So let me ask you this, since the February levy came down to either having a fire department or not having a fire department, why didn't the trustees put a small increase on the ballot then to assist with capital expenditures? It was the perfect time to do it! But they are horrible at politics and planning. They could have asked for the levy to collect $6.5M per year instead of $6M. So why didn't they do it when they had the chance? The February levy overwhelmingly passed. Everyone knew it would, which is why most voters stayed home insteaad of going to the polls. Once again, the trustees blew it, including Melanie. I bet they will come back with some other levy soon. That is the only way they can justify screwing it all up from the beginning. The fire department still needs more money. In February, they didn't ask for enough. Kinda like the story of the three bears, right? One was too high, one was too low...they have yet to find what is just right.

It sounds like who you really have an issue with is the voters. They elected Melanie for township trustee over Bob Mann. They elected Melanie to central committee over Mary Carducci. They voted no on the November levy. So you're upset with Melanie for being a winner? Wouldn't it just be easier if Gerber, Sybert and Carducci got on board with Melanie instead of treating her like a piece of garbage? All of her victories give her MORE credibility, not less. You dig? The voters do!
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Where did it say that was Melanie? This is NOT Melanie. And there have NOT been cutbacks in services that the residents give a crap about. And the department WAS bloated and overstaffed. And Sybert and Carducci just got their 6% raise extended even though the township states they have no money. BTW, the pro-levy team stated that the Sawmill station would have to close. Did it? Uh, no...it didn't.
Melanie did not run a false campaign against Bob Mann. She stated that it was inappropriate for two law partners, him and Mary Carducci, to serve together on the board. And it is! That's what got to most voters, including me. Plus Bob Mann was a terrible trustee...so says the VOTERS! She didn't win by a hair either, she creamed him. He even lost his own precinct!
You wrote "A truly conservative Republican would apologize and resign." Apologize for what? And why resign? Because she is a winner? And the public continually agrees with her? But ask yourself this...would two truly conservative trustees, Curt Sybert and Mary Carducci, put a 42% tax increase on the ballot? No, they wouldn't. They would do a thorough review of the entire department looking for cutbacks, including staff, and other forms of fundng before going to the public. But that consists of work. And they are L.A.Z.Y. They didn't do one damn thing to review the fire dept. or their budget. They just asked us for more money. We said no. Now they HAVE to go back and figure out what to do. They should have done that first, don't you think? Going to the taxpayers should be the very last step, no the first.
So now Gerber in his ridiculous guest column wrote how disspoainted he is with the voters. Good. We'll remember that when it's his turn for reelection. I'm sure he'll be even more disappointed with us then.
None of the fire department's woes are because of Melanie. They are because Gerber, Sybert and Carducci asked for way too much money and the voters disagreed with them, not just Melanie. All the Melanie said about the November levy was that is was a 42% increase. And that is true. We all know how to do math.
So let me ask you this, since the February levy came down to either having a fire department or not having a fire department, why didn't the trustees put a small increase on the ballot then to assist with capital expenditures? It was the perfect time to do it! But they are horrible at politics and planning. They could have asked for the levy to collect $6.5M per year instead of $6M. So why didn't they do it when they had the chance? The February levy overwhelmingly passed. Everyone knew it would, which is why most voters stayed home insteaad of going to the polls. Once again, the trustees blew it, including Melanie. I bet they will come back with some other levy soon. That is the only way they can justify screwing it all up from the beginning. The fire department still needs more money. In February, they didn't ask for enough. Kinda like the story of the three bears, right? One was too high, one was too low...they have yet to find what is just right.
It sounds like who you really have an issue with is the voters. They elected Melanie for township trustee over Bob Mann. They elected Melanie to central committee over Mary Carducci. They voted no on the November levy. So you're upset with Melanie for being a winner? Wouldn't it just be easier if Gerber, Sybert and Carducci got on board with Melanie instead of treating her like a piece of garbage? All of her victories give her MORE credibility, not less. You dig? The voters do!
Wow! Somebody missed the pill cart. I had no idea the Leneghan crew was so delusional
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Wow! Somebody missed the pill cart. I had no idea the Leneghan crew was so delusional
That's your comeback? Wow. Pretty weak. How am I delusional? I'm sure I know much more about this subject then you do. And it usually only comes down to insults when you can't refute what the other person wrote. And you can't refute it because it is all true.

I'm not a part of the Leneghan crew. Just a resident who happens to agree with her. Do you even know Sybert, Carducci and Gerber? It pains me to trust them with one damn dime of my money. You probably aren't even aware of how incestuous those three are with each other, and even more so when Bob Mann was in the mix. They aren't looking out for the public, they are watching each others' back. Not exactly the leadership we wanted or deserve.

If you had any sort of retort to what was written, you would write it. But you can't, so you stoop to ridiculous comments about pills and delusions.(And shame on you for the people who really do need that type of care. That is nothing to be made fun of.)

Here are the indisputable FACTS:

Melanie ran a great campaign and beat Bob Mann for trustee.

Melanie ran a great campaign and beat Mary Carducci for central committee.

Melanie shared her vote no POV with public about Nov levy, and it failed, even thought she was challenged by an enormous group of people including Gerber, Sybert, Carducci, Anderson, the fire chief and the entire fire department.

Melanie was in favor of the Feb levy and told everyone to vote yes, and it passed. There was no huge door-to-door effort to pass it, either...at least none that I was aware of. They only had a FB page, a website and their old yard signs from Nov.

The FFs contract, which is the largest expense to the FD, was negotiated with Sybert, Mann and Carducci in 2011, the year before Leneghan took office. They had no idea how they were going to pay for it except to raise taxes. Aren't they supposed to care about the residents more than the fire department? Sybert said they waited so long for the levy because he couldn't get a second on his motion in 2011.(He never made a motion) Why the change of heart, Carducci? Because your law partner was on the ballot in 2011 and you didn't want a huge tax increase at the same time your partner was on the ballot?

Sybert and Carducci lied about having to BY LAW extend the FFs contract by one year, yet even when the County Prosecutor's office told them they did NOT have to extend the contract, they did it anyway, adding another year of a 6% raise for the FFs. Sybert and Carducci are LAWYERS yet don't know the law...or how to look one up. Then they disregarded the advice of counsel.

Sybert and Carducci paid Craig Paynter to review the law with the Prosecutor's office. So even when the township has free legal counsel as provided BY LAW, they still paid another lawyer to go over it. MORE WASTEFUL SPENDING!

So who is really looking out for us, the voters and the taxpayers? Not Gerber, Sybert and Carducci. No one can say that Leneghan isn't looking out for the public. She is. She brought up that the township should bill insurance companies for EMS reimbursement. Mine would pay and I'm sure others would as well. I would imagine that almost everyone in Liberty Township has health insurance. If the EMS run is covered, bill the insurance company. That is what we all pay a ton of money for our insurance companies to do. If it turns out it is not covered, or will lead to some hardship for the family due to high deductibles, then don't collect on the charge. One would assume nothing is off the table here. Let's see if they get it going. Put the Fiscal Officer in charge of it. What the hell else does he have to do?
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Dr Mark Gerber needs to look in the mirror and he will see 4 thousand November voters who are disappointed in him. It is funny how academic people can always find a way to assign blame to someone else.
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Dr Mark Gerber needs to look in the mirror and he will see 4 thousand November voters who are disappointed in him. It is funny how academic people can always find a way to assign blame to someone else.
Gerber, Sybert, Carducci, Anderson and Chief Jensen (aka the gang of five) should ALL look in the mirror and see that 7,802 voters were disappointed with them and their stunt to pull one over on the taxpayers in the November election. They even alienated a handful of voters in the February election since 696 people STILL voted no...even though that meant we would have no fire department at all. When are these unprofessional hacks going to realize the public has little to no faith in them? They have tried to run the township like the residents are their own personal bank and failed at it. The voters have had enough of their lies and claims about what the township needs.

Gerber wrote a completely laughable guest column, stating how it is all Melanie's fault and the fault of her and his own neighbors, and Carducci's neighbors, in precinct Liberty F that the November levy failed. He even wrote "I am embarrassed that my affluent neighbors defeated the November levy." What the hell kind of elected official writes that? I wouldn't be surprised if his house gets egged or toilet papered.

He wrote "The people who voted Feb. 5th disagreed with her (Melanie) position in November and disagree today." WRONG!! I agreed with her both times. I voted no in November and yes in February...so did my spouse and many of our friends. The mere fact that we admit to switching our votes from no to yes makes his statement a complete and total lie. Out of the 15,532 people who voted on the levy in November, 11,057 didn't bother to vote at all in February. Only 4,475 people voted in February. Where were the rest of his 3,951 supporters from the November levy? They stayed home. And a portion of the February yes voters did not support the November levy, meaning even less of their alleged supporters didn't show up. The gang of five couldn't motivate voters if they had strippers handing out free steaks at the polls. They are pathetic. And NOT leaders.

Then Gerber goes on to complain about how there was no money in the February levy for capital improvements. Wasn't HE the one responsible for writing and submitting the February levy amount? So whose fault is that? Um, it's his. He could have easily put in a little more funding for capital improvements, a 5.7 mill levy instead of 5.6 mill levy, because the ONLY people who were going to vote in February were people who really wanted to maintain our fire department, with a handful of exceptions. Is he that out of touch with the actions of voters? Does he not realize it was HIS OWN FAULT that there is not enough money? Melanie didn't submit the February levy amount...he did!

In his article's conclusion, he wrote "The next time you see Melanie Leneghan or Mike Gemperline, the head of Friends of Liberty Township, be sure to thank them (for the lack of new equipment and reduction in staffing)." Actually, we should thank Gerber. Neither Leneghan nor Gemperline came up with the new levy figure...GERBER DID!!!

He can't pass the buck on that. He blames Leneghan and his neighbors for the failure of the November levy and the flat levy that was passed in February. At what point does the township's FISCAL OFFICER take any of the blame? IT IS GERBER'S FAULT FOR NOT CAMPAIGNING IN HIS OWN NEIGHBORHOOD IN NOVEMBER AND SUBMITTING A FLAT LEVY IN FEBRUARY!!!

And while we're at it, why does he keep defending the November levy? IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE. IT FAILED. IT IS OVER!

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