Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in...

Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio

There are 2048 comments on the EMS1 story from Feb 1, 2013, titled Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio. In it, EMS1 reports that:

CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio - Trustees in Clearcreek Twp. - third among 11 Warren County townships in net property taxes - disagree about asking voters for an additional 4.5-mill levy to fund fire protection and ambulance services.

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TimetgoPICKETT

Cleveland, OH

#2048 Apr 17, 2014
Public administrators must sometimes challenge the decisions and conduct of elected officials even when the bright light of illegality is lacking. This article examines township manager Greg Smith's performance in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He acted as a responsible administrator who effectively balanced the different obligations built into his objective and subjective responsibilities. Public service motivation, city management professionalism, and whistleblowing are three concepts that help understand Smith's approach to managing ethical dilemmas.

One of the most difficult choices facing a public administrator, especially in the absence of clear evidence of illegality, is deciding if and when to resign in order to protest the questionable conduct of superiors in the organization. Resignations are intensely personal decisions. There is usually a defining moment that serves as the impetus for one to take the serious and agonizing step of becoming a whistleblower. The experiences of Smith and his staff suggest five general lessons for local government managers who decide to challenge the questionable practices of elected officials:
• Consult with professional peers and staff in order to gain perspective on the issues, secure ideas for action, and receive/give emotional support during a difficult time.
• Use evidence and the details of policies and procedures to define and document wrongdoing.
• Remain respectful of the elected office while also challenging the conduct of the officials-using language in public that aligns with professional standards.
• Reflect on the different objective and subjective responsibilities relevant to the issues in order to ensure a thorough review of options and obligations.
• Be prepared to resign.

Time to leave PICKETT, WADE, GABBARD, KIDD, WILHELM....
hopeful

Middletown, OH

#2049 Apr 23, 2014
No May fire levy ? What 's Wade up too, besides legal problems ?
UpToAndIncluding THEd

Goshen, OH

#2050 Apr 30, 2014
BB down with the D
Question

Cleveland, OH

#2051 May 9, 2014
Why in the hell does the FD have three assistant Chiefs? Over kill, don't you think. Think of the money that could be saved!
illegal

Cleveland, OH

#2053 May 15, 2014
Clearcreek Fire Chief and Administrator take note...

A former north Louisiana fire chief who continued to do contractual work with some area fire districts, including DeSoto Fire District No. 8, has pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges.

Curtis Roller, 57, of Jonesboro, pleaded to three counts of wire fraud after illegally obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and making false statements on workers compensation forms, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced in a news release.

Roller submitted false information on grant applications he sent to FEMA so that fire departments in Louisiana and Arkansas were eligible to receive federal funds, which could be used to buy equipment from his company, Louisiana Firefighting Services. Roller inflated population data, agency coverage areas and numbers of call responses on the applications. And he also overstated the type of calls, underreporting the size of budgets and increasing the scope of their needs.

It is against FEMA rules and policies for a grant writer to financially benefit from money awarded, Finley said.

Roller was chief of a Jackson Parish fire district when the indictments were returned in January 2013. In October, DeSoto Fire District No. 8 board approved a contract with him to assist with preparing for a reraiting by Property Insurance Association of Louisiana.

In November, The Times questioned Chief Fred Lowery about specifics of Roller’s contract because of the pending charges. However, the Board of Commissioners did not have a contract in hand when it gave the go-ahead to Roller to assist on an as-needed basis. No paperwork from Roller was available in response to a public records request.

Lowery commented then Roller was “innocent until proven guilty.” Monday, Lowery said Roller’s admission of guilt will cause him to take the matter back to the board for discussion.

Roller faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution for each count of wire fraud. Sentencing is set for Sept. 18.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Service/Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Campbell is prosecuting the case.
THEYdidITagain

Cleveland, OH

#2054 Jun 3, 2014
This happen in Springboro & Clearcreek

Police officer fired for failing to charge firefighter with DUI

A Dayton police officer was recently fired for failing to charge a firefighter for driving while intoxicated after the firefighter struck several cars when he drove the wrong way on U.S. 35 last fall.

Officer Travis Salyer was terminated on May 19. He'd been with the department for seven years.

This week, the newspaper obtained an exclusive copy of a police administrative investigation report regarding Salyer's firing. The document cites multiple violations in the department's code of conduct stemming from the arrest of Dayton firefighter Brandon Lee on Aug. 28, 2013.

Clearcreek Administrators Dennis Pickett & Ronald Wilhelm also FAILED to do their jobs by letting a PAST Clearcreek Township part time firefighter and his son take EMS equipment out of a medic unit, which was parked at the 925 South Main street station, in broad daylight, and interfering with Clearcreek Paramedics with patient care.

Pickett & Wilhelm are scheduled to retire this year; however, the citizens of Springboro & Clearcreek Township are fed up with Pickett & Wilhelm’s lack of honesty, violating the public’s trust, and are demanding they be FIRED.

Neither Pickett nor Wilhelm returned our repeated calls. Hiding, once again.
Did You Know

Springfield, OH

#2055 Jun 14, 2014
Question wrote:
Why in the hell does the FD have three assistant Chiefs? Over kill, don't you think. Think of the money that could be saved!
Did you know that the May 2013 CCFD Fire Levy 93% Tax Increase failed to pass during last May 2013 primary election, because our Clearcreek Township fiscal officer told citizens the truth about this unnecessary 93% Tax increase. People in this community should be appreciative of public servants like our CC township fiscal officer for True Service to the citizens; instead of serving the best interests of the CCFD Firefighters Union.

Independent Thinkers such as our community is comprised of rarely agree on all opinions of individual elected officials, nor even agree all the time with all family and friends. Many taxpaying homeowners in my neighborhood do not agree with the stand that our CC township fiscal officer took at public meeting AFTER the CCFD levy failed to pass last May 2013; when our CC township fiscal officer advised the CCFD fire chief (who had come back to present to Trustees meeting his "fake budget crisis") that the Big CCFD Surplus Budget needed to be spent (WASTED) before the Trustees would consider approval of another fire levy tax increase.

To answer your question: CCFD fire chief is taking the fiscal officer's advice and overstaffing with New Hires so that he can spend, spend, spend our hard earned taxes into his false budget crisis, by wasting the Big Budget Surplus in the irresponsible direction of Budget Deficit, so that the Township trustees will approve request for Increased Fire Levy Taxes.

Guess the three trustees approve of this Big Spending by the CCFD Fire Chief since not one of the three elected Township Trustees have asked the Tough questions, including why does the FD have three assistant chiefs?
Update

Springfield, OH

#2056 Jun 14, 2014
Did You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you know that the May 2013 CCFD Fire Levy 93% Tax Increase failed to pass during last May 2013 primary election, because our Clearcreek Township fiscal officer told citizens the truth about this unnecessary 93% Tax increase. People in this community should be appreciative of public servants like our CC township fiscal officer for True Service to the citizens; instead of serving the best interests of the CCFD Firefighters Union.
Independent Thinkers such as our community is comprised of rarely agree on all opinions of individual elected officials, nor even agree all the time with all family and friends. Many taxpaying homeowners in my neighborhood do not agree with the stand that our CC township fiscal officer took at public meeting AFTER the CCFD levy failed to pass last May 2013; when our CC township fiscal officer advised the CCFD fire chief (who had come back to present to Trustees meeting his "fake budget crisis") that the Big CCFD Surplus Budget needed to be spent (WASTED) before the Trustees would consider approval of another fire levy tax increase.
To answer your question: CCFD fire chief is taking the fiscal officer's advice and overstaffing with New Hires so that he can spend, spend, spend our hard earned taxes into his false budget crisis, by wasting the Big Budget Surplus in the irresponsible direction of Budget Deficit, so that the Township trustees will approve request for Increased Fire Levy Taxes.
Guess the three trustees approve of this Big Spending by the CCFD Fire Chief since not one of the three elected Township Trustees have asked the Tough questions, including why does the FD have three assistant chiefs?
Mrs. Hurley,
Please stop your rants and your meddling! The Township and the CCFD are run just fine and they do not need your 'input'! Get a LIFE!
citizen

Dayton, OH

#2057 Jun 16, 2014
Update wrote:
<quoted text>
Mrs. Hurley,
Please stop your rants and your meddling! The Township and the CCFD are run just fine and they do not need your 'input'! Get a LIFE!
keep up the good work mrs. hurley.
GETRIDOFPICKETTW ADE

Cleveland, OH

#2058 Jun 16, 2014
citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
keep up the good work mrs. hurley.
Ms Hurley, We applaud you for your truthful comments. WILHELM, PICKETT, GABBARD and that THIEF WADE and his little boy KIDD ALL NEED TO LEAVE.
Not tall

Ada, OH

#2059 Jun 18, 2014
Update wrote:
<quoted text>
Mrs. Hurley,
Please stop your rants and your meddling! The Township and the CCFD are run just fine and they do not need your 'input'! Get a LIFE!
If Mrs. Hurley is a tax paying citizen, she has the right to her 'input' and the Township and CCFD huge salaries and benefits are being paid by her money. Government by the people for the people, remember??? Keep typing Mrs. Hurley!
The More You Know

Springfield, OH

#2060 Jun 18, 2014
www.ohea.org/this-is-what-solidarity-looks-li...

Former Springboro Schools Social Studies teacher presents full battle plan for OEA War of Words launched against Springboro families in this website article, which states:

"While the members were gaining strength, the SEA leadership was developing relationships with community groups and organizations. This began with SB5 as SEA partnered with the local firefighters, police officers, and other unions. The SEA was an active supporter of a community fie levy on the ballot in May 2013. SEA members wore "yes on fire levy" shirts, while firefighters attended SEA bargaining rallies. Community alliances were formed and public union leaders continue to communicate and support one another.

The parents call themselves SURE, Springboro United for Responsble Education... and quickly jumped into action. A Facebook page and website was activated with the promise to disseminate facts. SEA was helpful in providing SURE with necessary research information (such as how to access the Ohio Revised Code), comparable date, and a contact person to provide assistance. SURE attended Board meetings and challenged the Board members."

Citizens Alert! Only Three Little Words Are Needed to Respond to our local governments' wasteful spending and promotion of unnecessary levies overtaxing its citizens: No New Taxes.

Our local government leaders do not need further input from Taxpayers; and our local government leaders do not need Increased Taxes! Just Say No!
One Voice One Vote

Springfield, OH

#2061 Jun 19, 2014
Remember - Only you have that ONE voice - ONE vote that could make the difference between ONE future of Union Solidarity rule of radicals VS Freedom for All from being further indebted to our local government of forced unionism and over taxation of all Springboro families.
Waste Watchers

Springfield, OH

#2062 Jun 23, 2014
Update wrote:
<quoted text>
Mrs. Hurley,
Please stop your rants and your meddling! The Township and the CCFD are run just fine and they do not need your 'input'! Get a LIFE!
Life Is Good for ALL Springboro Citizens of Great Diversity in Individual Choices of Politics, Religion OR Not, Mission of Vision for Our Future, and Values in Education, both public and private. May God Bless America - the good, the bad, and the ugly!

But there are dark shadows of ONE future of Union Solidarity, AGAINST our Boro Future Brighter, lurking within the Petrey/Stec community wide year long indoctrination for Increased Taxes on ALL Springboro families for the greed of the unions of teachers, firefighters and police officers.

Stay Alert Voters! Springboro families have only just begun Engagement in the financial affairs of our local governments' tireless efforts to overtax its citizens!

Not A Chance that under the leadership of Union Controlled Clearcreek Township Administrators and Township Elected Officials Ed Wade and Jason Gabbard. is the township and CCFD "Corruption" just fine with ALL Springboro/Township Citizens!

Inquiring Minds are asking Why our Elected Officials are Just Fine wallowing year after year in their own Corruption? Where is the "TRUST" and Respect for Citizens in this behavior of Clearcreek Township "Trustees?"

Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act ("Sunshine Laws" )(WLWT News 5 7/15/2013)

Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership created 13 permanent firefighter positions with temporary federal funds. Now taxpayers will have to foot the bill.(Dayton Daily News 7/2/2012)

Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.(Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009)

Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May 2013 when they had a $13.9 million surplus.(Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012)

What a Waste of Money and Resources!
Just Say No New Taxes for a Brighter Future, doing what's right for our local schools and community, even when doing its citizens WRONG is insanely popular with our local schools/government leaders.

Pray It Forward

Springfield, OH

#2063 Jun 24, 2014
Update wrote:
<quoted text>
Mrs. Hurley,
Please stop your rants and your meddling! The Township and the CCFD are run just fine and they do not need your 'input'! Get a LIFE!
....if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Holy Bible NKJV

Did you know:

Dwight D Eisenhower placed his hand on Psalm 127:1 and 2 Chronicles 7:14 as he took the presidential oath of office in 1953.

Ronald Reagan placed his hand on 2 Chronicles 7:14 as he took the presidential oath of office in 1981 and 1985.

On January 25,1988, the United States Congress by a Joint Resolution of the 100th Congress declared the first Thursday of each May to be recognized as a National Day of Prayer.
IdontKNOW

Cleveland, OH

#2065 Aug 20, 2014
So, has Clearcreek identified a new administrator? Who is this person? When will this person start?
For the Record

Springfield, OH

#2066 Aug 22, 2014
Clearcreek Township Trustees Meeting Agenda
August 18, 2014

VII. New Business
A. Administration

1. Draft Resolution No. 4581

A Resolution Appointing John A. Cameron, III
as Township Administrator

1. Effective September 22, 2014......

unusual

Cleveland, OH

#2067 Sep 4, 2014
We understand that he is one of ED WADEs friends.
unusual

Cleveland, OH

#2068 Sep 5, 2014
unusual wrote:
We understand that he is one of ED WADEs friends.
Go figure. Perhaps we can RID WADE and end this madness. This guy has done some shady things over the years, thinking that we will forget. Well, we have not and it is time, this next election, to express our frustration and RID our community of this wicked evil.
For The Record

Springboro, OH

#2069 Oct 4, 2014
hopeful wrote:
No May fire levy ? What 's Wade up too, besides legal problems ?
What's Wade up to........?

Just Resolving in September 29 Township meeting that another government big Tax Increase on
all Clearcreek Township stakeholders be endorsed by our local government officials - Ed Wade, Jason Gabbard, and Steve Muterspaw.

Check out Subject Item IV Special Activities on the Agenda Clearcreek Township Trustees,
September 29, 2014:

A. Maggie Hess, Superintendent, Warren County Career Center
B. Draft Resolution No. 4600 - A Resolution by the Clearcreek Township Board of Trustees in support of the Warren County Vocational School District's 2014 Replacement Levy, to the
benefit of all WCCC students, communities, and stakeholders.

(NOTE: The superintendent failed to show up and address the Clearcreek Township stakeholders' questions about the Warren County Career Center proposed tax increase; And FAILED to inform the Trustees in a clear transparent manner the PROOF that our local government agencies are not overtaxing its citizens; BUT no matter.......... endorsement of the Tax Increase was unanimously approved by the three votes of the three township trustees, as shown on public record in the Township meeting minutes.)

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