Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Else You Need to Know . . . Before You Misjudge Council's Actions on City Manager

1. Derek Allen has supervised and presented deficit budgets each year during his tenure. This is illegal per the OH Constitution as well as per Standards for Governmental Accounting.

2. He raised sewer rates two years in a row (in excess of 100%) on residential users. Sewer rates are now higher than water or sanitation rates. See 57% and 32% Increase in Monthly Sewer Fees for Residents, Not Others

3. Allen said in the City's latest audit  that he would raise the rates every year until the deficit was gone. This deficit has been $1.4 - $1.6 Million. BUT, know that he could have recommended to council that monies be moved from another fund (Capital 301) to cover the deficit each year. He did not do that.

You can see whole audit here but just click on Corrective Action Plan on left and you will immediately go to page 16: Ohio Auditor of State - City of Portsmouth Audit 

4. He has yet to bring to Council and the public his/wastewater plans, costs, and methods to pay for items addressed in the US EPA's Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) and the city's constant discharges of raw sewage to the Ohio River and to our basements. The cost for this can range between $35 and $50 Million.

In case you didn't see because the local media did not cover our neighborhood plight, just check out this: Sewage Backup on Shawnee Two Months After Millions Spent by City

And, you will read where Allen called me a liar and that only clear water from the rain came into some houses.

I urge you to get the facts before you speak in support of Derek Allen.

A City Under Siege

Have you been broken into? Were you home when it happened?

That is exactly what happened to my neighbor last Thursday  night while she slept. I've since heard from others about similar instances over the past week or two.

What is being done? I've asked the Police Department for a report on all break-ins and burglaries city-wide for the past month. I was told it could be ready Monday. I will share it.

In the mean-time, please let me know if you have been a victim or know of victims. A neighborhood has started a watch group:

Mound Park Neighborhood Watch Group

We have to be involved. But, we need the Police Department's help.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Property Taxes?!

I don't know about you, but I am very tired of every organization (for profit or not) putting a PROPERTY TAX INCREASE on the ballot. Once again there is one on this November's ballot and it's for drugs. Various local organizations have imported people addicted to drugs from around the state to Portsmouth, and they stay here. We have plenty of our own to treat. These organizations' staff members can write grant proposals.

Those of us who pay our property taxes have had enough! Tell your family and friends to vote AGAINST the tax levy on the November ballot...and make sure to get out and vote! Remember, this is county-wide. Here is the ballot language:

Proposed Tax Levy(Additional)
Scioto County ADAMHS

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
An additional tax for the benefit of the joint county alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health service district for the purpose of current expenses by the Adams, Lawrence, Scioto Counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

One Year Anniversary - What the Media Never Reported

July 14, 2015

2730 Shawnee Road
"Dear Ms. Murray:
City employees and City Police went door to door last night after the rain event.  I was present and coordinated this effort.  We went to every house we could (however, you are correct we did not go to yours) and asked if the residents had water or flooding in their basement.  We stopped going north in the 2700 block of Grandview when every resident stated that they were dry and had no water at all in their basements." [part of email from City Manager Derek Allen dated July 15, 2015]


. . . and we are right now under threat of another thunderstorm today July 14, 2016. All of us in this neighborhood suffer whenever a storm is indicated. Shame on you city officials and shame on you Strand & Associates!!