Meet the Mayor Night – Lorain – March 2012
After an afternoon of playing in the world of the child and trying to persuade Gavin that I am the one in charge – which didn’t work out too well- I went to the Meet the Mayor Night.
I am not sure what I expected but I decided rather than being just an “email” personna to meet the staff face to face so to speak. The tour started off in City Council Chambers with introductions of Mayor Ritenauer’s staff- Robert Fowler, Geoff Smith and Derek Feuerstein.
There followed a tour of the 7th floor- new seating in the outer lobby (DONATED), new colour on the walls. The offices have been changed around with a more customer friendly feel to them . Furniture had been recycled and desks. You certainly appreciated the views of the lake and the sunset that turned everything in its path rosy.
The event was geared so you could speak informally to the staff. Since I had already sent emails in regard to the situation looming( new water lines) for Oberlin Avenue and the changes we will be facing with the cutting of the trees I hadn’t much to say. Although I did give Geoff Smith the latest “homeless” person to come across my computer screen in the afternoon on 6th and Reid- a criminal with a RSO resume that was lengthy.
There were familiar faces those that are always trying to help in this city and it looks like they are still hanging in there. Not wanting to take time away from others ( “Garbage ” and the one thing we have an excess of in Lorain was a frequent topic-) I went back to council chambers where Derek Feuerstein, Chief of Staff, was writing down the issues brought to him by the participants. Now there isn’t too much I can say as to how quickly any of those issues will be resolved but this I can tell – that young man was excellent under pressure.
Rushing into the chambers was a “lady” I recognised from the neighborhood, she honestly looked like the hounds of hell were after her- spying the young man in the suit she proceeded to grill him as to
Who he was, where was the mayor , what was he- what was he going to do
– the poor guy patiently tried to get a word in to answer but wasn’t allowed.
The issues went from garbage cans, to surrounding cities. By this time Mr. Smith had joined us- knowing this woman I kind of chuckled as Mr. Smith would try to explain to her who she needed to contact and the appropriate avenues to take
Note: We had now segued from garbage cans to crime to being homeless as she had had her things thrown out of the window by the wife of a landlord- and how the city needed to enforce the contracts between the tenant and landlord not his wife and family and sisters she didn’t have contract with- and the judge making her homeless because of non payment of rent – the homeless shelters discriminating against her and the death penalty we were enforcing the tirade went on an on.
She was having none of Mr. Smith’s logic and would not let him finish- logic was definitely not what she wanted – turning her full attention and barrage, as though Mr. Smth no longer existed, to the patient and polite Mr. Feuerstein. It seemed ages the verbal bombardment continued only to have her storm out to “pee” only to make her exit halfway before changing her mind. The tension mounted for those of us in the chamber wondering now if she would need to find relief of her kidneys in “chambers”.
Obviously this “lady” had some other issues but I had to admire the staff as they “tried” only to have her storm out again only to have her return- hopefully she found the ladies.
I don’t think it was the kind of one on one they expected but they get top marks for handling it well. Oh! I did bring up the house on Hamilton and 4th so we will see if this Administration fares better than the previous 38 years worth. Photo Lisa Miller
Photos of Ritenauer, Fowler, Smith and Feuerstein – Morning Journal