by Joseph A. Ciaramitaro
November 5th is fast approaching and its time for you to speak out and be heard at the ballot box. Its time for some of these council members to move on and out particularly those who proclaimed themselves the “majority” (Weisgerber, Bednar, Zuch, Leeper); voting as a block on almost every issue, marginalizing the worth of other council members because they dare to disagree and disregarding different ways of doing business. We do not need another four years of rubber stamping, clone thinking and a city manager who thinks council works for him.
I am frankly tired of the arrogance displayed by the city manager and the fact that he continues to do things without any consequence. A prime example being the dismal handling of Loveland’s Amazing Race resulting in Loveland losing a premier event solely because of his actions.
What did the mayor do to keep the race--nothing, he went along with the city manager. What did the majority do--nothing. They just sat by, closed mouth and tabled a motion to reprimand the city manager for his inappropriate actions and behavior. They obviously did not care that in the seven years the race was in Loveland, the event brought great publicity and people from all around the country into our city. In its eight years existence, the Race has raised $435,000 for local charities. So now Milford and Miami Township reap the benefits that should belong to Loveland.
What about the ill conceived 25% Tax Increase--the city manager said either pass this tax increase or city will cut services. The people spoke out loud and clear and said the city must live within its means and tighten its belt just as residents are forced to do. The latest report from the city manager states that tax collections are up, housing and commercial starts are up and city will end the year 2013 much better than anticipated. Seems as if the residents made the right decision.
What about the Water Tower--the majority did not want to do any additional due diligence on a project of this magnitude. They knew all the answers. This is what happened--when tests were run it was discovered that the soil in the designated location (next to the existing water tower in Commerce Park) could not support another tower. The city then had to find an alternate site which cost $125,000.
The list goes on and on and it will continue if you the voters don't something about it. I know what I am going to do and I hope all of the citizens will do the same.
I am voting for Linda Cox and Pam Gross. Linda deserves to be reelected; she is someone we know, someone we trust. Pam is a new face and as a business owner someone who will bring a new perspective to council. Look at their credentials and experience. They are definitely the best qualified to help lead our city. So I say, WAKE UP LOVELAND. We cannot have 4 more years of the same ole, same ole led by the so called majority.
Joseph A. Ciaramitaro is a resident of Loveland