INTERESTED

Beachwood, OH

#1 Oct 7, 2010
Did anyone see Eva's letter? I do agree that something has to be done to improve the way the housing stock looks. Some of the houses are looking a little weak. As far as services go these catch basins are really BAD.
cantrell

Rocky River, OH

#2 Oct 7, 2010
INTERESTED wrote:
Did anyone see Eva's letter? I do agree that something has to be done to improve the way the housing stock looks. Some of the houses are looking a little weak. As far as services go these catch basins are really BAD.
no but there are rumors that eva and elkins are running for mayor maybe they will get the sewers cleaned for you.
Courteous

San Mateo, CA

#3 Oct 7, 2010
Elkins is definitely running. Thank goodness too. We need someone with the ability to understand budgets and has a proven record of performing well according to the State Auditors! His experience is just what we need to stabilize the Village now that Council has stepped up and put us on good footing over the past few years!
Ed G

Beachwood, OH

#4 Oct 11, 2010
I guess Elkins has to run now that the Village Council has eliminated the position of Clerk Treasurer. I think folks will be shocked when they dont see the position on the ballot. If he is so good why did they eliminate the position? If he is so good at budgets why are we working without a budget? With so much distrust in government these days we really shouldn't be eliminating elected positions without debate and a real attempt at notifying the people that they are taking away a vote on an elected position.
Trevor Elkins

Bedford, OH

#5 Oct 13, 2010
Ed G wrote:
I guess Elkins has to run now that the Village Council has eliminated the position of Clerk Treasurer. I think folks will be shocked when they dont see the position on the ballot. If he is so good why did they eliminate the position? If he is so good at budgets why are we working without a budget? With so much distrust in government these days we really shouldn't be eliminating elected positions without debate and a real attempt at notifying the people that they are taking away a vote on an elected position.
Mr. Ed G, thank you for your interest and concern about the Village. Let me try to answer your questions one at a time.

1. Believe it or not Council changed the position of Clerk-Treasurer from an elected office to an appointed office based on my recommendation and research/discussions that have occured over the past year or so. Yes, you read that correctly. I asked Council to eliminate the job that I currently hold. Pretty suprising that a politician would actually advocate for making a change that isn't in their own interest; wouldn't you say? I advocated for this change because it is important that the Village be in a position of good fiscal stewardship based on qualifications, not political party, prowess or which clique a person is a member. This step allows and ensures that a candidate is selected on qualifications and ability, not politics. Additionally, it clarifies and streamlines the decision making process in the village to better control the finances. Your Councilmembers, who are elected to make decisions in your best interest, voted unanimously to make this change. This step will allow us to make even greater strides toward long-range financial health and I applaud their boldness!

2. This question is a bit more complicated, mostly because it is necessary to define what a budget means. First, in the eyes of the State, a budget is referred to as an appropriation ordinance. We have that in place. An appropriation ordinance in Newburgh Hts is not a very useful document however, in terms of being a working operating budget. As to why we are working without an operating budget (which is not required by law) you would need to ask the Mayor as he holds the responsibility for creation, while Council has authority over passage of the appropriation ordinance. You see, it is my job to provide information, but I do not have Constitutional authority to write a budget. That authority rests in the executive office of the Village. I have provided info every year I've been in office, as well as a thorough explanation of the information. Having said that, this year a budget commission has been formed to work through the details and establish an genuine working budget that far exceeds what has ever happened in the past and allows for more input than just from the Clerk-Treasurer. Yes, I know, in the past the Clerk-Treasurer has written the budget. Unfortunately, that is part of the reason we ended up struggling so mightily the past few years. Without cooperation and understanding of the finances by each department, we actually prevent department heads from knowing what they can and cannot accomplish. I've worked hard to change that culture and am finally hopeful that 2011 will be the 1st year of the fruits of that labor.

Municipal finances have become very complicated. The stakes are too high to risk the potential turnover/vacancy caused by keeping the position an elected office. Many towns struggle to find candidates to even run for the office. Even further, it is not uncommon for someone to run and then walk away from the job after realizing the tremendous level of responsibility involved. In fact we here have experienced this very turmoil in the past 10-15 years. The job is too important to have politics be the deciding factor in managing our tax dollars.

Mr. Ed G, thank you and hopefully you feel I've answered your questions fairly in the spirit they were asked.

Sincerely,
Trevor Elkins
resident

Cleveland, OH

#6 Oct 16, 2010
INTERESTED wrote:
Did anyone see Eva's letter? I do agree that something has to be done to improve the way the housing stock looks. Some of the houses are looking a little weak. As far as services go these catch basins are really BAD.
what about the trees hanging in the way of city sidewalks, grass overdue for cutting and branches hanging so low that cars and trucks are getting acratched up and broken up streets wuth holes and the city hall looks like it needs painting and claning and the holes all over the parking lot the city side walks with glass and debri trah cans stil out on the curbs now for 6 days on bridgeview and trash blowing all over and broken curbs and city sidewalks and the slate sidewalks on the city property that are so slippery when wet and discussing foreclosed homes and property of city needing painting and the dead bushes standing in front of city hall and the weeds growing around city trees so high and the debri from residents trash and debri and glass on the bridges holes in the streets and cracked pavements and no lines on some streets and fading away so fast and the dog park look like hole in the ground dog crap all over and that house next to it looks like a junk yard and over filled trash can on city walk and property not empited and signs being blocked of overgrowth of trees hiding the signs the sugns blowing in the wind too high too short and the changing of street signs being done illagally for speeds when this is a state law that is done by the state not the vilage. what about the stray animals everywhere and the pitbulls being walked with no muzzles, and the dark streets from bad lighting and over growth of the city trees and the cracked and uneven city sidewalks and the stairs on the police dept entrance where the public risks falling for several months and actually move when walking up those steps and missing street signs and the very small do not block drive that all traffic does do because the sign is so small in front of the drive for police to enter or exit and sits so high on the post you can not even notice it and the cith all village sign over city hall doors rotten and falling and city bushes and vines so ver grown they are crawling up poles and wires and making homes for the raccons and skunks and deer and other rodents well that should say enough has anyone noticed the mayor walk these streets maybe during election time that may have been it
poles

Cleveland, OH

#7 Oct 17, 2010
what about the telephone wires wrapped around the street sign the no parking sign covered up by city tree branches on bridgeview where two council memebers live on that street also and must not go out walking or pass the same things resients see on the telephone pole that has the street sign posted not to break laws.
resident

Cleveland, OH

#8 Oct 17, 2010
Eva who? is she a council member or employee or elected offical?
smokey

Cleveland, OH

#9 Oct 17, 2010
no she is the one who started this blog just for kicks and drama must need more cash she has no life or job and bored look out everyone better yet why not use her lawsuit money and open her own rental for tools and gossip cener and would have more money and a job then.

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