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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

CITY OF NEW ALBANY AUDIT RESULTS AND COMMENTS FOR 2005

BANK ACCOUNT RECONCILIATIONS

Record balances were not fully reconciled to depository balances during the audit period. Monthly reconciliation performed consisted of verifying source documents (quietuses and checks) to deposits and checks clearing depositories each month for each of the City's 18 (EIGHTEEN) bank accounts. However, these reconciled amounts were not totaled and compared to actual cash transactions and balances recorded in the City's records. As a result of undetected errors as of December 31, 2005, the City has $21, 511.00 more in unidentified cash recorded in its records than that being held in its bank accounts.

Indiana Code 5-13-6-1(e) states: "All local investment officers shall reconcile at least monthly the balance of public funds, as disclosed by the records of the local officers, with the balance statements provided by the respective depositories."

At all times, the manual and/or computerized records, subsidiary ledgers, control ledger, and reconciled bank balance should agree. If the reconciled bank balance is less than the subsidiary or control ledgers, then the responsible official or employee may be held personally responsible for the amount needed to balance the fund. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guides Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7.)

It has been our policy to recommend only a minimum number of bank accounts in order to avoid unnecessary bookkeeping and possible errors in charging warrants to bank accounts. So long as an ordinance does not require the keeping of a separate bank account, funds should be consolidated into as few accounts as possible. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 1.)

OVERDRAWN CASH BALANCES

The cash balances of the following funds were overdrawn in 2005:

FUND AMOUNT

General $ 743,906.00
Motor Vehicle Highway 472,504.00
Unsafe Building 56,155.00
Indiana Housing Board Rental Rehabilitation 14,776.00
Law Enforcement Continuing Education 633.00

The cash balance of any fund may not be reduced below zero. Routinely overdrawn funds could be an indicator of serious financial problems which should be investigated by the governmental unit. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7.)

APPROPRIATIONS

The records presented for audit indicated the following expenditures in excess of budgeted appropriations:

FUND EXCESS AMOUNT EXPENDED

General $ 81,136.00
Motor Vehicle Highway 520,248.00
Reserve Liability Insurance 27,359.00
EMS 30,851.00
Walking Patrol (?????) 53,319.00
Park Cumulative Capital 11,930.00

TOTAL $724,843.00

Indiana Code 6-1.1-18-4 states in part: "...The proper officers of a political subdivision shall appropriate funds in such a manner that the expenditures for a year do not exceed its budget for that year as finally determined under this article."

TRANSFERS BETWEEN CITY FUNDS

As previously reported, a temporary transfer of $401,348.00 was made during December 2002 from the Economic Development Income Tax fund (EDIT) to the General Fund. In accordance with Indiana Code 36-8-4(b) the Common Council determined an emergency existed and extended the term of the loan for six months beyond the 2002 budget year. This loan was to be repaid no later than June 30, 2003. However, this loan has still not been repaid.

During 2005, the City transferred $114,892.00 from the Riverboat fund to the Drainage fund. Additionally, transfers in the amounts of $265,000.00 and $338,698.00 were made from the Economic Development Income Tax fund (EDIT) to the Ceasar's Donation fund and the Rainy Day fund, repectively.

The City approved resolutions authorizing the transfer of these funds with the intent that these were to be permanent transfers and not required to be returned. Transfers to depleted funds are allowed for cash flow purposes, however, these transfers must be returned to the other fund. The period may be extended for not more than six months beyond the budget year of the year in which the transfer occurred. EDIT and Riverboat funds may be used by a city for any lawful purpose for which money in any of its other funds may be used, i.e., permanent transfers to other funds are not allowed.

Indiana Code 36-1-8-4 concerning temporary transfer states in part:

"(a) The fiscal body of a political subdivision may, by ordinance or resolution, permit the temporary transfer of a prescribed amount, for a prescribed period, to a depleted fund in need of money for cash flow purposes from another fund of the political subdivision if all these conditions are met:...(3) Except as provided in subsection (b), the prescribed period must end during the budget year of the year in which the transfer occurs. (4) The amount transferred must be returned to the other fund at the end of the prescribed period..."

"(b) If the fiscal body of a political subdivision determines that an emergency exists that requires an extension of the prescribed period of a transfer under this section, the prescribed period may be extended for not more than six (6) months beyond the budget year of the year in which the transfer occurs if the fiscal body does the following: (1) Passes an ordinance or a resolution that contains the following: (A) A statement that the fiscal body has determined that an emergency exists. (B) A brief description of the grounds for the emergency. (C) The date the loan will be repaid that is not more than six (6) months beyond the budget year in which the transfer occurs. (2) immediately forwards the ordinance or resolution to the state board of accounts and the department of local government finance."

Indiana Code 6-3.5-7-13.1 states in part: "Economic development income tax funds (EDIT); deposits; uses, ...(3)By a county, city or town for any lawful purpose for which money in any of its other funds may be used.

Indiana Code 4-33-13-6 concerning Riverboat funds states in part: "...(3) may be used for any legal or corporate purpose of the unit, ..."

TRANSFER TO WASTEWATER UTILITY

The City transferred $270,000 from the Economic Development Income Tax Fund (EDIT) to the Wastewater Utility fund during 2005. There was no ordinance resolution authorizing this transfer. Additionally, the monies were not returned during the budget year 2005.

EDIT funds may be used by a city for any lawful purpose for which money in any of its other funds may be used, i.e., permanent transfers to other funds are not allowed.

Since the temporary loan provisions of IC 36-1-8-4 would not apply to funds of a municipally owned utility and there are no statutes authorizing or prohibiting loans from a city or town fund to a municipally owned utility, a home rule ordinance could be adopted authorizing such loans. Such ordinance should list the amount and term of the loan and interest rate, if interest is to be charged. (Cities and Towns Bulletin and Uniform Compliance Guidelines, December 2001)

Indiana Code 6-3.5-7-13.1 states in part: "Economic development income tax funds (EDIT); deposits; uses,...(3) By a county, city or town for any lawful purpose for which money in any of its others funds may be used...."

CAPITAL ASSET RECORDS

The City does not maintain sufficient detailed records of capital assets for the City owned capital assets, which also includes Wastewater Utility owned utility plan in service accounts. The City's capital asset ledger has not been updated to account for adjustments reported in these accounts during prior audits. A sewer expansion project was substantially completed during the current year, but not recorded., Deletions or disposals of capital assets were not recorded. In addition, inventories of capital assets were not taken by all departments so that capital assets on hand could be reconciled back to the capital asset ledger.

Every governmental unit should have a complete inventory of all capital assets owned which reflect their acquisition value. Such inventory should be recorded in the Capital Assets Ledger. A complete inventory should be taken every year for good internal control and for verifying account balances carried in the accounting records. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for cities and Towns, Chapter 7).

CREDIT CARDS

During 2005, the following deficiencies were identified concerning the use of credit cards:

(1) The City was using credit cards to purchase items without an approved credit card policy.

(2) Some payments were being made on the basis of the statement or a credit card slip without supporting documentation.

(3) The City incurred, and subsequently paid, finance charges for delinquent payment of credit card invoices.

The State Board of Accounts will not take exception to the use of credit cards of a governmental unit provided the following criteria are observed:

(1) The governing board must authorize credit card use through an ordinance or resolution, which has been approved in the minutes.

(2) Issuance and use should be handled by an official or employee designated by the board.

(3) The purposes for which the credit card may be used must be specifically stated in the ordinance or resolution.

(4) When the purpose for which the credit card has been issued has been accomplished, the card should be returned to the custody of the responsible person.

(5) The designated responsible official or employee should maintain an accounting system or log which would include the names of individuals requesting usage of the cards, their position, estimated amounts to be charged, fund and account numbers to be charged, date the card is issued and returned, etc.

(6) Credit cards should not be used to bypass the accounting system. One reason that purchase orders are issued is to provide the fiscal office with the means to encumber and track appropriations to provide the governing board and other officials with timely and accurate accounting information and monitoring of the accounting system.

(7) Payment should not be made on the basis of a statement or a credit card slip only. Procedures for payments should be no different than for any other claim. Supporting documents such as paid bills and receipts must be available. Additionally, any interest or penalty incurred due to late filing or furnishing of documentation by an officer or employee should be the responsibility of that officer or employee.

(8) If properly authorized, an annual fee may be paid.

(Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

SALES TAX

During the review of claims we noted that sales tax was paid on some purchases.

Governmental funds generally are exempt from the payment of sales tax on qualifying purchases. Respective tax agencies should always be contacted concerning tax exemptions and payments. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

TRAVEL CLAIMS

In one instance, an employee was reimbursed $90.00 for travel expenses without original receipts being attached to the claim.

Supporting documentation such as receipts, canceled checks, tickets, invoices, bills, contacts, and other public records must be available for audit to provide supporting information for the validity and accountability of monies disbursed. Payments without supporting documentation may be the personal obligation of the responsible official or employee. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Six instances were noted where employees received payments during 2005 which were not transacted through the payroll system.

All compensation and benefits paid to officials and employees must be included in the labor contract, salary ordinance, resolution or salary schedule adopted by the governing body unless otherwise authorized by statute. Compensation should be made in a manner that will facilitate compliance with state and federal reporting requirements. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance guidelines annual for cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

TIME AND ATTENDANCE RECORDS

During the review of payroll records it was determined that bi-weekly payments were made to an employee even though time and attendance records were not maintained. Additionally, we noted that the corresponding payroll claims were certified by the responsible official attesting that they had examined the time records for this employee when in fact they had not been presented for their review. Upon inquiry, the employee subsequently presented time records with "estimated" hours worked during 2005.

Officials and employees are required to use State Board of Accounts prescribed or approved forms in the manner prescribed. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance guidelines Manual for cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

DEPARTMENT RECEIPT AND FEES

Receipts and fees collected by the departments listed below were remitted to the Controller less frequently than once a week:

Building Commissioner
City Clerk
Planning Commission

All collections made by any department or person connected with a city or town shall be turned in to the Clerk-Treasurer (or Controller) at least weekly. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 6)

DEPOSITS

Instances were noted where the Park and Recreation Department collections were deposited later than the next business day.

Indiana Code 5-13-6-1(d) states: "A city (other than a consolidated city) or a town shall deposit funds not later than the next business day following the receipt of the funds in depositories (1) selected by the city or town as provided in an ordinance adopted by the city or the town; and (2) approved as depositories of state funds."

RECEIPT ISSUANCE

In some instances, General Receipts (Form 352) were not issued by the following departments:

Building Commissioner
Cemetery

Officials and employees are required to use State Board of Accounts prescribed or approved forms in the manner prescribed. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

Receipts shall be issued and recorded at the time of the transaction; for example, when cash or a check is received, a receipt is to be immediately prepared and given to the person making payment. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7)

BAD DEBTS AND UNCOLLECTABLE ACCOUNTS

The City has contracted with Medical Billing Group, LLC for the billings and collections of ambulance service runs. During the year 2005, Medical Billing Group, LLC wrote off $272,285.00 in delinquent accounts it deemed uncollectible. The minutes presented for audit did not indicate that these accounts were presented to the Board of Works for approval. Additionally, documentation was not presented for audit concerning unsuccessful collection procedures prior to adjustments to the records.

The governing body of a governmental unit should have a written policy concerning a procedure for the writing off of bad debts, uncollectible accounts receivable, or any adjustments to record balances.

Documentation should exist for all efforts made by the governmental unit to collect amounts owed prior to any write-offs.

Officials or employees authorizing, directing or executing write-offs or adjustments to records which are not documented or warranted may be held personally responsible. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7.)

DELINQUENT WASTEWATER ACCOUNTS

As of December 31, 2005, delinquent wastewater fees and penalties total $563,538.00 had not been recorded with the County Recorder nor were they certified to the County Auditor which would result in a lien again the property.

Indiana Code 36-9-23-33 states in part:

"(b) Except as provided in subsection (I), the officer charged with the collection of fees and penalties assessed under this chapter shall enforce their payment. As often as the officer determines is necessary in a calendar year, the officer shall prepare either of the following:

(1) A list of the delinquent fees and penalties that are enforceable under this section, which must include the following:

(A) The name or names of the owner or owners of each lot or parcel of real property on which fees are delinquent.

(B) A description of the premises, as shown by the records of the county auditor.

(C) The amount of the delinquent fees, together with the penalty.

(2) An individual instrument for each lot or parcel of real property on which the fees are delinquent."

"(c) The officer shall record a copy of each list or each individual instrument with the county recorder..."

"(e) Using the lists and instruments prepared under subsection (b) and recorded under subsection (c), the officer shall, not later than ten (10) days after the list of each individual instrument is recorded under subsection (c), certify to the county auditor a list of the liens that remains unpaid for collection in the next May..."

SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND SANITATION CHARGES

The City has an ordinance (G-02-12) setting the rates to be charged for sewage disposal. We noted the following noncompliance:

Some customers that should be receiving a minimum bill for sewage disposal were not being billed.

The City has an ordinance (A-01-47) setting the rates to be charged for sanitation collections. We noted the following noncompliance:

1. Some commercial customers are being charged less than the approved commercial rates.

2. Some churches are being billed more than the approved rates established for the churches.

3. Some customers that are required to be billed for sanitation charges are not being billed.

Each governmental unit is responsible for complying with the ordinances, resolutions, and policies it adopts. (Accounting and Uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Cities and Towns, Chapter 7.)

103 Comments:

  • After looking at the info, and back at my own paperwork, those are only pages 34 thru 41.

    How stupid do they think taxpayers and citizens of this town are?

    My belief system is switching all around here to the point I know where the stupidity and ignorance lay, and it sits right downtown, mostly elected.

    The night they cleaned our Rainy Day Fund, etc., in May, would be the night the lovely PP's hung effigies of our Councilmembers out "to dry" on the clothesline. Their only problem was it poured down rain upon them. Their actions spurred their "favorites" to really screw some things up. My, my. You're all a lot of help.

    It is a shame there is so much lack of knowledge of the laws governing our money. We don't see how those SRF documents for the bonds can even fly with all this crap, stating we aren't being sued and don't see any of this repayment of EDIT hurting our chances.

    We are so tired of the way they blindly spend OUR money. Not even receipts. I feel physically ill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:01 AM, September 06, 2006  

  • this political message brought to you by erik the confused poly sci prof inn keeper who thinks he/she will be mayor

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 AM, September 07, 2006  

  • Laura,

    the anonymous posting from 7:28 needs to be deleted since it is a "political message"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 AM, September 07, 2006  

  • Re: 7:28 Posting

    On the "political message scale" (of 1 - 100) I would rate it a 3.

    On the "lampoonery scale," I would give it an 86.

    Thank you 7:28 blogger for a nice start to the morning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:59 AM, September 07, 2006  

  • What a crock. All these messages are political messages. Any argument otherwise is laughable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM, September 07, 2006  

  • 7:50am anonymous,

    It is not a political message. It is a personal attack on a fine decent human being. And by God if it was me I would have took the same action. So if any of you are without sin let you cast the first stone.

    By Anonymous JANICE, at 7:27 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • The issues raised in this posting are issues that should concern us all about how our city is being managed (not so great).
    It's not "political" to discuss the laws and ordinances that every city must abide by.
    It's not "political" to discuss the findings of the State audit. Particularly when they are so disturbing.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 10:54 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Personally, we feel they simply are unable to wrap their heads around verbatim a State audit finding.

    There was so much talk about people wanting to know about EDIT, and other issues affecting the City and how we can improve and bring back the life; where are their comments. Maybe because we have been around it so long, our expectations are too high that maybe anyone even cares.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Janice,

    You are right, it is an attack on a fine decent human being.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:15 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Now Eric/Erica is Janice. Let's keep it straight and back to the Audit. Thanks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:42 PM, September 08, 2006  

  • 6:42 anonymous

    Why don't you have the guts to print your name. I did. I happen to know the person that is being attacked personally. And I do live in N.A.

    What's with the Eric crap!

    By Anonymous JANICE, at 8:43 PM, September 08, 2006  

  • Hey Janice: Oh! My! Gawd!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 AM, September 09, 2006  

  • Does anyone care about this audit? Where are you? We need all the help we can get...it ain't any better, it's just getting worse. Anybody out there?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:37 AM, September 09, 2006  

  • No, there is no one out there. People in New Albany only like to complain -- do something -- oh, no. The strong and powerful have ALWAYS taken advantage of the weaker, less intelligent and less powerful. So what if they crowd into the room on the third floor, the elected officials know they do not have a long attention span and will soon go away and will forget on election day. It is easy to vote across the board and not have to think about what has gone on in the recent past. It is very possible the democrats will again be in control after the next election even after they have fleeced New Albany in broad daylight right under their noses.

    It should not take several years to take care of problem that everyone agrees is a problem, but in New Albany it is talked about for years and years and NOTHING ever gets done.

    You may say, what about the meeting at the Calumet Club in August, well 55 - 60 people in a county of 37,000 people and drawing from elected officials, council members, and THREE neighborhood associations, that number is NOT impressive. Also, this was well advertised and much effort was put forth to get the word out and still a low turn out. You really think New Albany cares about how filthy the town is. How much cleaning can 6 to 8 citizens do to clean up the town that has been allowed to be a dump for years? They try, but it cannot be done. Their heart is in the right place, but they need everyone's help!! If there were 300 to 400 people with trucks and city's help they could make a difference, but alas only a few showed up to work - after these people worked all day. I certainly respect their effect.

    It is apparent the majority of New Albany resident just do not care --- it is easier not to, it is also easier to not work, it is easier to not mower your yard, clean your vehicles or your home. Why not take the easy way? The people who do care are definitely in the minority in the city limits.

    In Louisville, a much bigger city than New Albany, if an ordinance is broke, you are warned, 10 days later you are warned again, then you are fined from $25.00 to $100.00 a DAY until the problem is taken care of. This might be a good way for New Albany to acquire property (by default) and may also help take care of the unfit housing people in town are living in.

    Other towns and small cities have come up with solutions why not New Albany?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM, September 09, 2006  

  • Has anyone else notice:

    * That Volunteer Hoosier (All4Word) is rarely blogging and/or heard from on any of the blogs, and conspicuously absent on NA confidential blog after he (Randy Smith) boosted "six figures" on 3-22-06 on his own blog (Volunteer Hoosier) to discontinue his blog and join NA confidential blog. Looks like NA confidential got screwed big time. Do you care?

    * That when there is a clean up in NA, the clean up occurs in the alleys near certain members of ESNA - certainly not in NA at large. So tell the truth, they are only interested in cleaning up their own area, and really have no interest in the city of NA. Do you care?

    * That what is a "hot" issue this week is never spoken of again even though there was no solution, i.e., sewers, garbage collection, slumlords, flooding during storms, overflow (with raw sewage), etc. You have got to get on the bandwagon quickly, as tomorrow there will be a new concern which will also not be solved. What a waste of life and time. Do you care?

    That there are many properties going into foreclosure in NA and/or empty properties. Have you ever wondered why? Do you care?

    That it takes a lot of effort to collect the information that is posted on this and all the other blogs. It takes a good deal of effort to put the information into understanding text, and who cares, apparently NO ONE.

    Short attention span, only wants to complain, works hard, with no results, reading comprehension problem, scatterd thought pattern, huuummmm, sound very much like NA may have a bad case of Attention Deficit Disorder - No cure -- sorry

    Just a few things that I personally question.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for your comments; in total agreement.

    It has become painfully obvious who cares and who doesn't about the housing issues; sewer issues; fiscal issues; etc., etc., regarding the elected officials who refuse to do their jobs and simply give the lip service.

    You lead by example; the tough cuts start at the top; you hire competent employees who can DO the jobs -- all of those things have gone by the wayside.

    There is no concern for us as citizens/taxpayers, as far as I can tell, about any of the issues you named. Their needs seem to be more important, and they definitely aren't listening to the inner-city residents.

    We will have to get a lot of voters registered (a lot of apartments in this inner-city); and we have one year to do it. That, and find somebody that knows what the heck they're doing down there and will enforce all laws for all peoples.

    By Anonymous Total Agreement, at 5:39 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • von aka anonymous,confused taxpayer,total agreement said;

    You sure write good articles

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:06 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • To in Total Agreement: You appeared to very aware of the way NA is run(or not run). Mediocre has always been close enough. The people of NA need to take back their town. How did a town go from All American city to a "Little Portland." And the answer is: By people not doing their job and sucking up to people who just do not care. (I could name them). Sadly, it has been going on for years, but just as with any dysfunction, one must say, "dysfunction ends right here, right now --- The buck stops here".


    It is time that citizens of NA are not expected to balance the budget, they pay someone else to do that.

    It is time NA does not have to clean up the alleys, they pay someone else to do that.

    It is time the citizens are not expected to report their neighbors for not obeying ordinances, they pay someone else to do that.

    If the Mayor, Director of City Operations, Board of Public Works, New Albany Building Inspector, city planners,Street Department, Sanitation (outsourced company) NAPD, and the many others who draw a paycheck from the citizens of NA would do their job, NA would not be in such a mess physically and financially.

    Think about how many people are draining NA and then look at how the city is run. Quite a contrast, don't you think?

    In most corporations, either the entire company is efficient or no one is efficient. In NA, no one is efficient, hence the state of NA.

    Perhaps NA needs to demand EXELLENCE from the elected officials.

    I do not remember the mayor having a town meeting to address many of the obvious problems in NA. Also, I have not heard a plan to change anything. Did he even attend the meetings that were scheduled specifically for the purpose of addressing problems and possible solutions?

    Families cannot flourish living with dysfunction in the home, neither can towns or cities. The dysfunction simply draws to itself its own kind. This is what has happened in NA. Too much dysfunction.

    NA should demand the best, not just good enough and it could again be an All American town or at least be a town proud to be a part of.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • Can we assume there are approximately 17,000 people living in and around the city limits of New Albany, since there are +/-37,000 people in Floyd County and lets assume this blog is read by say 10%of those citizens. It is surprising there has only been one comment to recent articles written.

    Can we assume the attention span is already gone. One and one-half years is not very long. Many of you have suffered in NA for 20, 25, 30 years. The blogs are a wonderful media to get your thoughts, ideas, complaints, congratulations, issues out to the public. What happened to all of the know-it-alls that were blogging here even six months ago.

    This is the reason NA will always be a trashy, slumlord owned, sewage problems, unqualified city counsel members, drug infested kind of town.

    I feel bad for the citizens who do take care of their property, pay the taxes, clean up other people's trash and garbage and work full time and believe someday it will be different. It won't. They (the people who run this town) will always be able to come up with great excuses why they CAN'T. It is not just this administration, they are only following suit to what they have witnessed for many years.

    And that, my friend, is the answer to all of the homes going into foreclosure, and/or empty homes. Too expensive to live in NA, bills constantly rising, can't get anything done, people bickering between themselves, obvious favoritism being shown to some.
    You say, this does not affect you, what about tax base, does that affect you?

    Tell me, how long did it take you to figure out there is something just no quite right in NA or are you a home grown New Albanian who does not even know the difference?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:18 AM, September 10, 2006  

  • * That when there is a clean up in NA, the clean up occurs in the alleys near certain members of ESNA - certainly not in NA at large. So tell the truth, they are only interested in cleaning up their own area, and really have no interest in the city of NA. Do you care?

    Some of these cleanups are being sponsored by certain political groups so I can't speak as to the motivation and goals of them, but the cleanups that are sponsored by neighborhood asson's are city-wide, whether or not the citizens who live in the other areas participate I can't say, nor can anyone make them. The reason that you *think* most of the clean-up is getting down around areas that have neighborhood associations is because they contain proactive citizens who are tired of living with lazy people who use anything as an excuse to why they can't clean up their front yard. I am sure that Silver Grove would take issue with the fact that you think they are not doing clean-ups and not to mention the AMAZING job that the west-end citizens who got involved recently did when it came to cracking down on meth and other trouble houses. I wonder what you are doing to be proactive and clean-up the city, or do you only care about complaining and trying to make other people look or feel bad for not doing your work? Of course since you signed in as anonymous noone will ever know of all the "wonderful deeds" you will probably claim do to on behalf of the city. Instead of whining about the ESNA why don't you come to a meeting and learn what we have learned about getting your neighbors motivated and excited to clean up their city. Hell, go to any neighborhood meeting, just because ESNA is the loudest certainly doesn't mean we're the best and especially not the only neighborhood association in the city.


    That there are many properties going into foreclosure in NA and/or empty properties. Have you ever wondered why? Do you care?

    -Have you ever been to a city council meeting or read any of the blogs you just slandered? This is a HUGE issue to several citizens of New Albany. Have you ever been to Diggin in the dirt or clean up new albany or any of the other "blogs" hosted by citizens of this city. People are certainly aware of the problem. My husband and I very much care that so many properties sit empty and are falling down, how many times does it have to be brought to the council and administrations attention, that people don't want to live in a city that is not moving forward and with all the funds that are designed to do so being spent elsewhere it's looking like a dead-end. Who wants to live in a city like that forever? Slumlords are another huge problem, luckily one of them and their properties is being taken care of. Several neighborhood associations and neighborhood forums (open to ALL citizens of New Albany) are working very closely with Pam Badger to fight just these very issues.

    By Blogger ceece, at 8:37 PM, September 10, 2006  

  • Ceese,
    Diggin in the dirt I would not even consider a blog. She's to busy feeding information to the progressives. You need to do some reading to really understand what is going on in this town. Pull some reports and check out the math?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 PM, September 10, 2006  

  • Ceece, you are just a riot. Do you even own a home? Have you lived in NA long enough to even know what these people here have been through? Perhaps you are very young, because you sure are quick to have a temper tantrum.

    This I know, much effort is put into gathering this information and carefully putting it in order and typing it into the blog. I appreciate that effort.

    I also said I admire the people who, after working all day, will get out and clean up NA. That is admirable. Of course, they clean up their own allys, so would I. Like I said, they should not have to, they are paying a street department and garbage company to do that. There is no sense in making a fool out of youself. Was anyone from downtown and/or the mayor there helping, oh course not. I say, we teach people how to treat us.

    Why get upset with me, I am not the problem, I am only the reporter. Why do you read only parts of my comments and not the entire thing and go off on a tangent.

    Did anyone ever tell you, you are very rude and condescending? No, I am not interesting in attending any meetings, I have a life.

    I said, "There are many properties going into foreclosure and/or empty properties, do you care?

    From that statement, you read, that I was slandering blogs. Are you mentally challenged? How can you come up with a statement like that? Get someone to read it to you very slowly, I did not slander any blogs or anyone for that matter, not even close.

    Why are you so angry? Someone must have really hurt you. You know what they say, Hurt People, hurt people.

    There really was no reason to be rude. What I said is the truth and anyone who has been around awhile knows it. They have also hoped for a better day. Well where is it?

    You say the neighborhood associations are working with Pam Badger, well rumor has it she has no authority and is not able to enforce anything only write out warnings. Now that is going change things!! It would appear she is a token from the mayor to shut up the a few people from the neighborhood associations. Has there been any changes? None that I can see!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 PM, September 10, 2006  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger One voice, at 6:36 AM, September 11, 2006  

  • I attended some of the city forums and talked to Pam Badger, I also gave her pictures of homes in the west end that were in extreme disrepair.

    She was very thankful and asked for more pictures in the future. I will certainly do so.

    I know she has limited authority at this point but she is working to change that.

    This woman really cares about her job and tries very hard.

    I know we pay people to clean our streets and enforce our laws and ordinances but sometimes the problem is too big for the assigned people to handle. We have a lot of people in this town who do not care about their property or it's value. Those of us who do care need to pitch in. I know it's a hassle and time consuming but if we want a clean and safe place to live it is certainly worth it.

    By Anonymous shirley, at 8:37 AM, September 11, 2006  

  • anonymous's reply to cease, I don't believe she called anyone names. You called her mentally challenged. You seem like the hurtful and rude person.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:21 AM, September 11, 2006  

  • anonymous, I do apoligize if I came off rude. I really wasn't trying to be. You asked some questions and I tried to answer them.

    For the record I do own my home in fact my husband and own 4. I suppose I am young compared to most of the homeowners in the city, but I'm not sure what that has to do with anything. Being young does not make me stupid or ignorant.

    You asked why I was angry. Just angry at the city's current and past administration for allowing the city to make it's way to it's current state. I am angry at whiney citizens who blame everyone else for the problems, but for the most part don't do anything to help themselves.

    I have had the "you're to young, we've been doing this for 20 years who do you think you are" thrown at me several times. I'm not trying to nullify anyones past or current work, I'm just wondering if we've been doing the same thing for the last 20 years and it hasn't worked yet, shouldn't we be looking for something else? After all isn't that the definition of insanity?

    As to your statement about Ms. Badger, as Shirley said, she is very grateful for all the help citizens can give her, and you're right she can't prosecute anyone or put anyone in jail, but she has had a long line of building commissioners who's mess she is trying to clean up and just as this city didn't get in this disgusting state overnight, it's not going to be "cured" overnight.

    Again, I really was not trying to come across as rude, oh and PS. I'm not mentally challanged.

    By Blogger ceece, at 9:53 AM, September 11, 2006  

  • Ceece, apology accepted. I thought you came off as a little hot headed or sarcastic. Sorry, if I came off as rude.

    I guess you must be older than I thought if you own four houses. I underestimated you.

    Regarding cleaning of the alleys, I drew my conclusion from a piece on the news one evening about the trash, etc. in NA several weeks ago. There only appeared to be few workers. My mistake, I did not realize there were others working in different parts of the city.

    Bingo, on the fourth paragraph. You are also correct about the definition of insanity. "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." I guess people just hope maybe with this mayor, it will change, or maybe with this building inspector, it will change. Maybe people in NA are too quick to settle.

    Shirley, you say you take pictures for the code enforcement officer.
    Did it ever occur to you that is her job, she gets paid to take her own pictures. Also,did it ever occur to the citizens to ask the mayor to have a town meeting to address some of the hard questions?

    Did it ever occur to the people in NA to demand that the allys be cleaned up? That is what the city gets paid to do!! Is that called double dipping. You pay them, then you do the work.

    Then there is a Block Watch to protect your neighbors and their property. Did it every occur to you that is what the police get paid to do?

    Hold the people who get paid by the city of NA accountable. Are you not held accountable on your job, and if you do not do your job, they will start proceedings to get you out of there. Try not doing your job for several years. Do you think you would still be employed. Then, why are they?
    Has it ever occurred to you that the citizens of NA could do a job performance evaluation on all of the people who were hired to take care of the business of running NA. If the people are going to report on balancing the budget, reconcilation of the checkbook, block watch to take care of citizens, clean up alleys, spoon feed the code enforcement officer, why do you need so many slugs on the payroll?

    Fire them. I think in politics, it is call "recall." I would sure be doing some research on that.

    Probably a large percentage of the people who work for the city do not even live in NA. Why should they care what the town looks like, and what goes on in town?

    Again, Ceece, thanks for the comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:51 PM, September 11, 2006  

  • Where is blogtastic?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:40 PM, September 11, 2006  

  • Take a good look, there have been many issues discussed in last few days and only a very few (3-4)citizens cared to comment or even stand up for their city.

    Do you think anyone cares about what happens in NA?

    If they do, where are they?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:16 AM, September 12, 2006  

  • How can the Mayor even think about giving Kelly a raise when many of the taxpayers are being over charged on stormwater.(please stop blaming the computer).

    And alot of taxpayers are not even getting a sewer bill? If other taxpayers don't pay their sewer bills why should we? Selective billing? It seems to be selective everything since James has been in office.

    And how come they are telling taxpayers to call there Councilman and hanging up?

    Who would ever think you get a raise for not doing your job?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:45 AM, September 12, 2006  

  • Anon. 6:51

    So you object to my giving pictures to Pam Badger. I plan to take more pictures and pass them on to her.

    You will also be upset to know that I attend the neighborhood watch meetings and try to get more of my neighbors involved.

    I know the Code Enforcement Officer and Police Officers are paid but regular citizens need to be aware of what it going on in their own neighborhoods.

    Don't tell me you would not be grateful if one of your neighbors called the police because they saw a prowler in your back yard.

    By Anonymous shirley, at 12:54 PM, September 12, 2006  

  • Who's Kelly????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:40 PM, September 12, 2006  

  • Read it again, Shirley, where does it say that I or anyone objects to you taking pictures for the code enforcement officer? I believe it says, "Did it ever occur to you that it is her job, she gets paid to take her own pictures. So what, does it make any difference anyway. Pictures or no pictures! If you had a job do you think everyone else in the building or the plant would be attempting to take care of you? Stop enabling these people. The inner city of NA is not that big. Tell me she is not capable of taking pictures of junk, trash, high grass and weeds, junk cars, garages falling down, houses fall down. What kind of people do you people employ that cannot (or will not) know neglect when they see it or have you lived with it so long it begins to look like the "norm."

    Yeah for the block watch. Most crimes take place from 11:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Are you willing to walk the streets and allies of NA at that hour? Tell me, what is your police department doing while you are walking the streets of NA in the wee hours of the night? Perhaps hanging out somewhere!

    My point, why should the people who were hired to do the job care if the citizens are willing to spoon feed them and they still get a paycheck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:34 PM, September 12, 2006  

  • Kelly works in the "Sewer Billing Department" and is partly responsible for these horrendous stories about the storm water bill errors and sanitation and sewer billings. They want to give her, what was it, a 33% raise -- while other people down there work and are on food stamps.

    We are not sure why "they" want to give her that kind of raise with the horrible job she is doing, but there seems to be some conflict amongst James' other staff members about this issue, also. It is my understanding the Controller's office is pitching a fit. Though, from the Audit of '05, and looking at the Audits from under England where "Fixed Assets" (our property we bought for them to "use") just can't seem to get done, along with no bank reconciliations or "appropriations" being "appropriated correctly".

    A gentleman in town told me today he received a $300.00 quarterly "stormwater" bill, due to an "aerial" photograph, based on his impervious surface. $300.00 x 4 = $1200.00 -- more than the property in question property taxes. Someone else got 18 stormwater bills in one day. And THEY WANT ANY KIND OF RAISE DOWN THERE?

    I agree with anonymous, recall would be a good term to look up under State Statutes.

    Ceece, we were promised and have been promised these issues some have worked on for years would change. You "were" a big Garner fan; are you saying after reading this sewer audit on the front of this posting he is doing his job as President of the Sewer Board?

    The Street Department is out of control; the "billing" department is out of control; there are NO CODE ENFORCEMENTS -- building, preservation, etc., and if there is, it is strictly selective.

    Give us a break on "your" history lsesson to someone like me who has been in the trenches. You need a little more knowledge about the issues facing New Albany and take the time to learn them (by fire, like the rest of us) -- and then come on here and lecture any one -- including me.

    By Anonymous Ignorance Is Bliss, at 1:21 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Looks like James is in trouble. Former Mayor Doug England is getting ready to formally announce he's running for mayor.

    Wont this be interesting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Anyone else just counting down before Laura posts another one of her

    "sorry for the absense we've been really busy reviewing information and have lots more to go, we're so busy and involved in the city even though I never show up for a single city benefit or neighborhood forum"

    posts?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:25 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • 9:25 anonymous

    Some people work for a living. How about you. I work 2nd shift what's your excuse.

    Seems like I heard Laura also works a real job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:53 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Isn't it strange that blogtastic hasn't commented since roger departed? I guess there both in the czech republic?

    Where are you blogtastic?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • I am back in the saddle, baby!

    See my blog; just posted there earlier, and still catching up.

    blogtastic

    By Blogger blogtastic, at 11:17 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • umm where did I say anything about not working? moron.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:38 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Hey -- you calling EastEnder a moron -- start your own blog (or is that the one IUS shut down). If you can't stick to the issues, which is seven pages long on the front of this posting, and simply want to slander Laura - you may just be the moron.

    Why are you on this blog even writing -- bored and writing on your company's time? If you ain't got anything good to say, please, don't say anything at all -- go back to the other blogs. Thanks, from a regular person who finds your comments insulting and insinuating.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:23 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • P.S. You can tell you are no friend of ours, so please take it somewhere else. thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:52 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • Laura with a real job! Who are you trying to bull****. All she is ever doing is reporting crap on this blog. ah when does she ever attend a meeting. Work? All she works on is stirring up trouble in NA. When is she going to start taking care of her own business and stay out of others!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • Nailed ya, didn't I? Go home and talk to Mommy. You certainly do not bring anything to the Audit results; nor do you care. OUR OPINIONATED SELVES -- JUST LIKE YOU.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • I find it interesting that my work activities are of such concern to someone who apparently has NOTHING else to do.
    It's so obvious when some folks try to divert attention away from the REAL concerns.
    Seems to me that there are some very serious issues raised by these audit findings and they warrant serious discussion.
    Our city is being railroaded into bankruptcy by an administration that can't make one good decision.
    Now, we are tied up with the YMCA bonds, and it is difficult to understand why or how this is a good idea.
    But...that's just my opinion.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 1:54 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • sorry this is off topic, but I think it needs to be brought to everyones attention in case they didn't read it in the Tribune.

    There seems to be a guy whos out trying to lure children into his car.

    Here
    is the article

    By Blogger ceece, at 10:01 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • You people are sadly mistaken if you think New Albany is going to elect Doug England to be the mayor again. People might be disgusted with Garner, but no one will forget the antics of England and his dirty-doers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • England--mayor again!?

    Just what we need, a retread mayor who thought it was a wonderful idea to spend city money on sponsoring a race car. When challenged on it, his response was that the funds came out of a mayoral discretionary account and he did not have to answer to anyone about it.

    Remember his boy Mattingly and the Tribune report on HIS cell phone usage? Calls to Jackson Hole, WY.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Anonymous said...
    Hey -- you calling EastEnder a moron -- start your own blog (or is that the one IUS shut down). If you can't stick to the issues, which is seven pages long on the front of this posting, and simply want to slander Laura - you may just be the moron.

    Why are you on this blog even writing -- bored and writing on your company's time? If you ain't got anything good to say, please, don't say anything at all -- go back to the other blogs. Thanks, from a regular person who finds your comments insulting and insinuating.


    Do you mean all the anonymous comments or just the ones where you "think" you know who it is?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:17 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Remember his boy Mattingly and the Tribune report on HIS cell phone usage? Calls to Jackson Hole, WY.

    cell phone long distance calls are free. duh.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:17 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Anon 4:17,
    Not back then. Very few free minutes at all. Per minute charges even on local calls.

    DUH!!!!!!! As many like to say here(and you are probably one of them) "do your work in the trenches" before you speak. I would settle if you would think first!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Let's really get it out there. Why will this Administration not come clean about James Gream's misuse of a credit and his subsequently being "let go"? What was the money spent for?

    When is the City going to even adopt a "credit card program"?

    Why can they, after 10-15 years, learn how to track OUR Fix Assets? It really ISN'T THAT HARD!

    Bank Reconciliation (Bank Recon) IT REALLY ISN'T THAT HARD.

    The County does not use "credit cards" because of the stringent requirements stated by law to track those items.

    Gee, we still can't figure out that CELL PHONE BILL FOR $11,000.00 for the Parks Department when you can buy unlimited usage for what, $200 bucks.

    Now, all of the Sewer Board and Sewer Billing employees, etc., want raises because they got a raise out of us, ratepayers. It just irks our family the arrogance and sense of entitlement they and theirs have come to "expect" on our Third Floor...maybe yonder, but our concern is OUR MONIES ON THE CITY AND COUNTY LEVEL. We take it on to the State and Federal levels, because our family chooses being informed.

    Here, they're breathing OUR air WE paid for, sitting in chairs WE PAID FOR, and doing squat.

    Extremly disgruntled.

    By Anonymous Disgruntled, at 9:18 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Very good points, and I couldn't agree more.
    They keep digging into OUR pockets to replace monies they have mis-spent and still they offer no accountability. They don't even want to talk about adopting more stringent rules on use of credit cards or city vehicles, or city cell phones.
    Also, what's this we're hearing about a 33% raise for one certain person of Garners administration?
    When so many city employees are earning such low wages the greed displayed by this mayor and his chosen few is nothing short of appalling.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 3:37 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • shirley said...
    I attended some of the city forums and talked to Pam Badger, I also gave her pictures of homes in the west end that were in extreme disrepair.

    Is one of them the dump you and ole One Eye used to live in?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • Ground clutter...Ground clutter...Ground clutter...

    Do you really think you can deflect from the issues by posting something "nasty" about Shirley?

    We feel you must be at the bottom of the barrell, grasping at straws -- just to keep your hope alive.

    Do it at your own expense -- what's that? That's right. You don't have any expenses.

    Hang in there Shirley -- that is someone's paid job -- simply to be the attack dog. Good job in keeping with the issues -- please don't let them discourage you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:17 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • I see Erik-a over at Freedom of Speech has let loose yet another anti-Scribner Place post. Can there be any doubt that this person is just anti-everything.

    A true CAVE --- Citizen Against Virtually Everthing!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • To Anon at 4:17 -- What DIFFERENCE does it make?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:33 AM, September 16, 2006  

  • 6:28Pm Anonymous

    Seems like to us that Freedom Of Speech only deals with valid facts.
    And besides what other blog has the guts to call it the way they see it?

    It seems to us Freedom Of Speech is informing the taxpayers of the "malfeasance" this adminstration is doing!

    You seem to be a supporter of the one termer uh?

    Keep supporting the Bastard buddy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:19 AM, September 16, 2006  

  • Freedom of Speech, now that's what you call a real blog.

    Give'm hell Erik

    By Anonymous A FAN & READER F.O.S., at 7:28 AM, September 16, 2006  

  • One does not have to support any particular politician to be a supporter of progress in this city. FOS seems only to be against everything. What one thing has he/she supported?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:29 PM, September 16, 2006  

  • I've stopped finding it ironic that a blog called "Freedom of Speech" doesn't allow visitors to comment, but I'm still appalled by the lack of evidence it cites. But hey, call the mayor shifty and say you're looking out for the little people, and you'll always have a fan base.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:55 AM, September 17, 2006  

  • 4:29pm You truly must have a reading comprehension problem. Have you considerated getting some extra help with your problem?

    2:55am Are you drunk or high? Have you ever emailed Freedom of Speech and ask why?

    But then again that's why you are signed anonymous right.

    By Anonymous JAMES MARTIN, at 6:28 AM, September 17, 2006  

  • To James Martin: No I have not considerated getting help with my problem. But please enlighten us as to what FOS has been in favor of (and being in favor of being against something or someone does not count).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM, September 17, 2006  

  • Mr. Martin please allow me to answer this question.

    Linden Meadows
    Greenway
    Code Enforcement

    Would you like more listed? It might help if you read a few articles.

    By Anonymous GARY WEBB, at 6:45 PM, September 17, 2006  

  • booooooooooooooooooop

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 PM, September 17, 2006  

  • Mr Webb & Mr Martin - Please see FOS post on 3/10/06. This post is very clearly anti-Linden Meadows.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 PM, September 18, 2006  

  • Where is the blog administrator? This posting is getting real old. Oh I forgot, eastender has a real job. Anybody notice the time and date of her last coment?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:20 PM, September 18, 2006  

  • 8:00pm

    You sure got a thang against Freedom of Speech. Good to see you enjoy reading that blog.

    Our office sure does enjoy all the interesting post.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:15 AM, September 19, 2006  

  • Annie needs to stay at home counting her seeds instead of trying to be Katie Couric.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • You got that right!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:48 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Well looks like to me "Jimmy" is up to his same ole POLITICAL bull shit.

    Trying to act like he made this whole Greenway deal happen.

    Jimmy can't seem to make anything else happen so he chooses to take Valla Ann's hard work and and effort and try to steal the credit of success making things happen!

    Shame on you Jimmy!

    But this time he's stealing credit (or will try to)from a private citizens 48 hour marathon busting her ass, making it all happen!

    So no matter how hard he tries to spin this it won't work Jimmy!!!!

    lORD KNOWS WHAT A MESS HE HAS MADE WITH EVERYTHING ELSE HE HAS TOUCHED!

    Scott Wood and Jimmy had totally dropped the ball again.

    God forbid someone expose his office with another big screw up!

    But the sad part about this is it was free money. Federal Grant money!

    Just think he didn't have to threaten any council members job.

    Nor did he have to cut a deal.

    And try to pull a fast one on the little people and the taxpayers of New Albany and cost this $2.4 million dollar project to go flying out the window.

    It's typical showboating on Jimmy's part.

    Shame on you Jimmy!

    What really happen I heard was there was 2.4 million in grant money. And Idot has been waiting over a month to get the paper work.

    Seems like Scott Wood was way to busy to do his job.

    Didn't bother to return calls, emails from several people.

    But private citizen, taxpayer and Greemway Comm. person Valla Ann Bolovschak was at a Greenway Sterring Comittee meeting when they all found out about the $2.4 million dollar ball being dropped!

    Knowing without a doubt the paper work was not done.

    Valla Ann being the person that she is stepped up to the plate.

    And decided she was going to solve this problem.

    She could not sit back and let this happen to the citizens of New Albany.

    And she was not going to let this grant money slip right thru the fingers of this failed Adminstration.

    She carried the weight of the success or failure of this project and made it all happen.

    So Jimmy G. must of heard the buzz that it was already out about another big screw up made by his Adminstration.

    Trying to do damage control decides to go to Indy and ride on the coattail of Ms. Bolovschak.

    Well Jimmy you might be threaten by Ms. Bolovschak having the guts and determination to get things done.

    But this time were not going to let you get away with it.

    So you spin your bull-shit all you want. And try to act like you done it.

    But this will never fly with all the people who knows the truth!

    And a big "thank you" to Valla Ann for doing what was right and what needed to be done.

    You are truly the champion of all the citizens democrat and republican's of New Albany.

    Do not think for one minute that we all don't know what is going on here!

    Glad we finally got someone on our side fighting for all of us.


    Concern Taxpayer

    By Anonymous CONCERN TAXPAYER, at 7:39 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Did I read recently that Maury Goldberg was interested in being councilman for the 3rd district, mayor, or something. Well is it of concern to anyone that Maury cannot even keep up a blog site?
    Does anyone remember how very well Maury hide while he was a councilman previously? Do not be fooled, it would be no improvement over what we now have. Just my thoughts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Sounds like Jimmy needs to go back to clerking at his drycleaning store. Maybe he can handle that.

    Maybe one day he'll have a house of his own instead of living in Mamma's.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:14 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • goldberg will kick price's ass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Welcome back concern taxpayer. We totally agree with you on Garner. The sooner this crook is out of office the better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Thank you concern taxpayer for your great comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • NA voters clearly aren't happy with Garner. He has "lost touch" with the problems we're facing now. He promised you the world and then when he got in there, look what he has done, they're all the same.
    We appreciate what all you have done for greenway Valla Ann.

    By Anonymous SARA ADKINS, at 11:08 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • boooooooooooooooooooppp

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:09 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • I don't have any confidence in him either. Typical Garner game playing. We voters share some of the blame. "we don't hold him accountable." Let's give Valla Ann a shot at it?

    By Anonymous CINDY, at 11:22 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • I heard Ronald Reagan use this phrase. It applies as well to any sisution where doing "the right" is complex, difficult and requires a system of checks and balances.

    Nothing like a big financial surprise - good or bad James should have backed off and let Ms. Bolovschak complete what she started. Correcting there stupid mistakes.

    By Anonymous RICKY SANTOSE, at 11:35 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • I encourage everyone in the city to click on Freedom of Speech and add the site to regular reading.

    Thank You
    for your dedication
    to Greenway.
    Ms.Bolovschak

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • Give the check up Jimmy. You stupid Bastard. The issue of trust comes into play. Who can even trust him now?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • This is what I find absolutely fascinating. As many times as EastEnder has asked FOS to stop bringing up certain people and to keep the politics on their blog; there seems to be no respect for EastEnder's wishes.

    We are undergoing a critical National, State and County elections. Can't ya just keep from getting your panties in a wad until then and respect EastEnder and maybe also keep it on FOS? It's not we don't read FOS, we simply aren't allowed an opinion, good or bad, about FOS.

    Loose cannons, not sticking to the issues that EastEnder would like to discuss on HER blog. Your actions speak volumes, and we're not going to tolerate it either. It is really getting obnoxious, ya know what I mean?

    Hang in there EastEnder. I just know you will get your voice heard over the others that just keep trying to make you political, instead of issue oriented.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:46 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • 3:45 am main street bloggy.
    Maybe if you work as hard as valla ann and others. You might earn some respect. But instead you try to play both sides of the fense. Smoke your weed and then feel sorry for yourself. Seems the only thing you know about is sewers. But then why not your nothing but a piece of shit anyway.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • Thank you Valla Ann for going to Indy and straightening out this mess.

    I have been interested in Greenway for 20 years and it looks like it will finally become a reality.

    Thank you again.

    By Anonymous Shirley, at 6:54 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • Jeez, "your nothing but a piece of shit" ... "stupid bastard" ...

    What's the old phrase? "When the blog administrator's away, the gutless, mean-spirited conspiracy theorists will play." That sounds right. Or it's something about cats and mice, but I don't dwell on accuracy and documentation -- I'm striving to be a "little person".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:28 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • Just what we need, Dan Coffey cutting more deals. 1st the Police, and Fire Depts salaries, now the 3rd floor.

    What next?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • Goldberg will kick Price's ass?????

    Gimme a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 AM, September 20, 2006  

  • New Albany will not be electing a woman mayor for a long while, no matter who she flashes herself to or does goodness knows what with.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:54 PM, September 20, 2006  

  • How disappointing it is to hear how Danny is more interested for personal gain instead of looking out for his district. At this point I tend to believe these rumors about Dan Coffey cutting deals is correct.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 PM, September 20, 2006  

  • I heard the same thing about Dan at McDonalds this morning. The only honest council memembers are William Schmidt and Councilman Stephen Price. Dan's to busy looking out for himself.

    They call him cut the deal Dan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 PM, September 20, 2006  

  • Boy, I never thought I'd see the day when Dan Coffey would be slammed by the only other people who make as little sense as he does. Shouldn't you guys stick together? At least for the sake of your 12-step program, "Nitwits Anonymous".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 PM, September 20, 2006  

  • Don't think for one minute Dan the man Coffey would cut a deal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 AM, September 21, 2006  

  • RE: Anon 7:28

    Looks like Roger's back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 PM, September 21, 2006  

  • yell, seems like all the nutz are back in town roger,gina and annie.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:01 PM, September 21, 2006  

  • It ain't me, babe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:28 PM, September 21, 2006  

  • ...I ain't no fortunate sonnnnnn...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM, September 21, 2006  

  • No new posts for how long?

    You should be singing "Dead in the water now" by David Grey.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:17 PM, September 22, 2006  

  • To the 6:23 Anonymous Comment:

    "3:45 am main street bloggy.
    Maybe if you work as hard as valla ann and others. (This is an incomplete sentence; this may be how we know who you are and how presumptious you may be.) You might earn some respect. (Another incomplete sentence, but don't really think you care about anything except riding to the salvation of your hereo -- we may start calling you the V&V team, cos that's call it is). But instead you try to play both sides of the fense (please, at least spell fence correctly -- got a dictionary? Ignorance is no excuse). Smoke your weed and then feel sorry for yourself (Feel sorry for myself -- me thinks you may be; what is your problemp?). Seems the only thing you know about is sewers (pretty big assumption on your part, and an awful lot of JEALOUSY. Never assume, V&V, you will simply make an ass out of you and me). But then why not your nothing but a piece of shit anyway. (Yes, this is typical of one of the V's responses. Get over it, you have absolutely NO CREDIBILITY -- not me.)

    And, unless others "assumed" "Dan, the Man" was one of the chosen few, ya got to be kidding. Only because we never alluded to how any of us feel about who and which one -- some blog sights (& I'm not going to name the names) assumed how EVERYONE FELT, without really bothering to ask.

    Oh, well, take good care NA. There seem to be an awful lot of games going on to advance only ONE person's agenda; the one who chooses to remain silent and have others do their bidding.

    EastEnder has been down and out and she'll update this blog when she is able. You have to wonder why anyone possibly cares and makes the comments made.

    Get well soon, EastEnder.

    6:23 AM, September 20, 2006

    By Anonymous A Concerned EastEnder Fan, at 3:09 AM, September 23, 2006  

  • Thanks for the update, Yvonne.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 AM, September 23, 2006  

  • gosh dang, I never knew only 1 person lived on Main Street?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:13 PM, September 23, 2006  

  • good job mayor in securing the greenway federal funds sorry valla you cant take credit for this one of course in your inflated opinion of yourself you will

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:51 PM, September 23, 2006  

  • To many beers and to much weed clouds a persons mind.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:07 AM, September 29, 2006  

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