Coffee & Conversation

Filed under: EVENTS/NOTICES — tkm June 25, 2008 @ 11:0 am

Your 3rd Ward Neighborhood Forum

Coffee & Conversation
with Bob Mollette
Wednesday – June 25, 2008
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.The Portsmouth Public Library
(conference room close to back parking lot)

Topic: Seeking to understand and resolve our problems concerning City Government Office Space.

(You can’t build a future until you envision it!!!!)

Living in Human Waste

Filed under: City Business — tkm June 11, 2008 @ 15:0 pm

 

The excuse President Howard Baughman, 5th Ward Council, continues to apply to delays associated with the Combined Sanitary/Storm sewers is the fault lies with the Ohio EPA because the report and final finding are in their hands.

On August 22, 2006 a letter (http://portsmouthcitizens.info/Grandview/8-22-06StatusCSOLongTermControlPlan.pdf) was sent to the Ohio EPA district V representative asking for a brief extension of time to complete its CSO Long Term Control Plan (LTCP).

On September 19, 2006 W.E. Stilson provided the city with the Draft Main Report (http://portsmouthcitizens.info/Grandview/9-19-06MainReportDraft(1).pdf); this report is almost 2 years old. I have requested today, June 11, 2008, a copy of the most recent report.

I believe several city officials are negligent in their efforts to ensure an environment that will promote growth in our city. I find it hard to believe the Ohio EPA could be this lax in allowing citizens of Portsmouth to live in bacteria infested homes. Not knowing when each time it rains if their home will be filled with human waste and unknown diseases.

During the June 9, 2008 “Regular” City Council meeting Mike Mearan, 1st Ward Council, made it appear he was not familiar with the issue on Grandview Ave. I have videos on January 22, 2007 that place Mr. Mearan at a City Council meeting as this issue was being discussed. You will find the videos with Mr. Mearan in attendance and updates on this subject on the link below.  Also, during the June 9th meeting one of the residence of Grandview brought pictures of her home that had been destroyed during the flood of 2008 and Mr. Mearan wouldn’t even look at them.

CLICK: Sanitary/Storm Sewer update

Attorney Mike Mearan Makes Threats to Citizens

Filed under: Mike Mearan — tkm June 10, 2008 @ 1:0 am

Did anyone else at tonights, June 9, 2008 “Regular” City Council meeting hear Attorney Mike Mearan, 1st Ward Council, threaten anyone who stood in the way of the Justice Center?

Attorney Mearan said if you do not support the Justice Center you will not have police protection on your way home; video will be coming soon.

CLICK: Mike Mearan, 1st Ward Council

5-26-08 Memorial Day Services

Filed under: EVENTS/NOTICES,Uncategorized — tkm June 4, 2008 @ 0:0 am

CLICK:  5-26-08 Memorial Day Services Highlights

5-27-08 Portsmouth City Center (Marting Building)

Filed under: MARTING,Uncategorized — tkm June 2, 2008 @ 14:0 pm

CLICK:  5-27-08 Video

Dr. Victoria Wulsin, Democratic candidate for Ohio 2nd Congressional District turns her back on the citizens of Portsmouth, Ohio at the May 27, 2008 “Regular” City Council meeting to face Portsmouth Attorney Stan Bender, co-conspirator of the Marting sham.

The two letters below were sent to Ms. Victoria Wulsin, Democratic candidate for Ohio 2nd Congressional District.

June 2, 2008

Victoria Wulsin
victory@WulsinForCongress.com

Ms. Victoria Wulsin,

RE: Portsmouth City Center (Marting Building)

I was in attendance at the May 27, 2008 Portsmouth “Regular” City Council meeting when in my opinion you made a crucial error in judgment voicing your support for the renovation of the former Marting Building. By your self-assurance and attitude towards this subject during your presentation it was obvious you had been lied to and manipulated into believing this option was in the best interest of the city of Portsmouth. I will provide you with the facts you didn’t bother to seek prior to attending this meeting. By your speedy departure you showed you are not interested enough to hang around long enough to get the rest of the story.

In 2001 and possibly as early as 1998 Mayor Bauer, a majority of City Council members and the Marting Foundation set up a plot to feed money into a private foundation and away from the property owners of Portsmouth, Ohio. The Marting’s Department store was going under. The foundation stockholders were losing money and the only way to get back any of their losses was to dump the old department store building on the taxpayers of Portsmouth.

In 2002 a member of the foundation requested an appraisal and quote on the Marting Building from a licensed commercial appraiser. When the quote from the licensed appraiser was received and did not meet the foundation’s expectations a second appraiser, who was not licensed in this area, was hired and coached on the desired foundation price. This amount was approximately $1.4 million higher than the factual value of this property.

In May of 2002 Mayor Bauer and a majority of city council members entered into a purchase agreement with the Marting Foundation for approximately $2 millions dollars, which was nearly $1.4 million over the quote provided by the licensed appraiser of $600 to $700 thousand dollars. Prior to the city receiving the deed on the property the Marting Foundation sold off all movable items in the building and kept the proceeds.

Uncertainty on how the city was going to finance this acquisition and why the building cost $2 million dollars piqued the interest of many citizens of Portsmouth. What the citizens discovered was the city auditor had not made the proper provisions for the county to stop the collection of the illegal taxes being deposited into the city’s 401k debt retirement fund. This illegal collection had been going on for nearly 5 years and had accumulated nearly $2.4 million, just enough to payoff the Marting Foundation.

In January of 2004 my husband Bob and I started attending city council meetings to try and get answers. What we found out was council met in private meetings, round-robin fashion, in the office of the attorney and chief executor of the Marting Foundation. During these meetings questions were asked and answered, deliberations took place, and no information was ever presented to the public before a charade vote was taken in a public meeting.

In November 2004 Judge Marshall ruled that City Council by meeting in groups of three circumvented the “Sunshine Laws”. He ruled the purchase null and void and returned the $2 million back to the city of Portsmouth. Prior to Judge Marshall’s ruling Mayor Bauer was recalled for his part in the Marting scam and the Mayor’s seat, as directed by the Portsmouth City Charter, was filled by James Kalb, President of Council;. Kalb was also involved in the initial Marting scheme and when Judge Marshall returned the money to the city Kalb signed a second agreement with the Marting Foundation giving the illegally collected monies back to the foundation and the liability with the Marting Building back to the city.

This impasse between the citizens of Portsmouth and several city officials and the Marting Foundation has been on-going since 2002. Also, my husband and I have been tied up in court since May of 2004 with expenses nearing $50 thousand trying to right the wrong that was done to the citizens of Portsmouth.

Since 2004 several city officials who are linked to the Marting scandal have either been recalled or voted out of office by the citizens, or placed on administrative leave pending investigation. Individuals recalled were the Mayor Greg Bauer, 1st Ward Council Ann Sydnor, and 3rd Ward Council Carol Caudill; voted out of office by almost 3 to 1 was the City Solicitor David Kuhn; and placed on Administrative Leave is the Chief of Police Charles Horner.

Ms. Wulsin, you owe the citizens of Portsmouth a public apology for speaking without first considering the impact of your statement and for disrespecting the citizens of Portsmouth by your early departure. The citizens of Portsmouth had the courtesy to listen to you. You should have had the courtesy to listen to them.

If you have any further questions or comments please feel free to contact me. Also, you can reference my website at http://portsmouthcitizens.info/blog or Bob’s Council information website at http://mollette.info; Bob was elected as 3rd Ward Councilman after the recall of Carol Caudill.

Respectfully,

Teresa Mollette
Portsmouth, Ohio

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June 1, 2008

Dear Ms. Wulsin:

I am a retired English professor from Shawnee State University. In my years at SSU, I was very active in the faculty union, serving four terms as president. For the last four years, I have been writing a widely read political blog on Portsmouth called River Vices http://rivervices.blogspot.com I have also been president of the Concerned Citizens of Portsmouth and Scioto County, a group that has been struggling for better government in Portsmouth for almost twenty years. One mayor and two council members have been recalled, another council member removed from office for violation of the City Charter, and the police chief, who was recently relieved of his duties, is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for unspecified charges. All of these individuals were part of the conspiracy that passes for representative government in Portsmouth, and all of them became the focus of relentless attention on the part of concerned citizens.

I was present at the last City Council meeting when you made your by now infamous cameo appearance to offer your unqualified support for the most recent attempt by our corrupt city officials to make developers richer and ordinary citizens poorer.

I had thought that I would vote for a yellow dog before I would vote for Jean Schmidt, but now I realize I have another option, which is to not vote for you. It is hard to believe that you could breeze in and out of the Council meeting without knowing more than you did about the political realities of Portsmouth, and about the bitter struggle to stop our corrupt politicians from foisting unwanted building projects on us on unsuitable sites.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and not assume you knew that the City Council did not let it be known that the item you spoke in support of was not added to the agenda until after the meeting was half over. That is an underhanded trick that our crooked politicians resort to when they want to keep citizens who are opposed to their schemes from coming to the meeting. They of course let you and other of their supporters know ahead of time that it was going to be on the agenda, because that is how they operate.

Before you return to Portsmouth, I suggest that you, or one of your staff who has the time, read the informative blogs of Councilman Bob Mollette and that of his wife, Teresa Mollette, and otherwise do at least a little research on the last ten years of Portsmouth’s history.

We also will pay more attention to you and follow your campaign for Congress more closely. Maybe your gaffe in Portsmouth is not characteristic of your campaign. Be certain, however, that if it is par for the course, it will end up losing you more votes than you gain.

Robert Forrey, Ph.D.