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Money for old rope?- A Taxpayer’s Question

Words – I like words – I don’t like grammar (as regular readers have sussed http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sussed – but I do like words .
I like the origin of words and sayings.

MONEY FOR OLD ROPE –
Source:http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/women-picking-oakum-in-the-workhouse
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Rope made from hemp had a limited lifetime. When it wore out it was picked apart and recycled. It was used for caulking. Rope fibres (known as oakum) were hammered into the seams between planks of a ship and hot pitch was poured over it. This was done to waterproof the ship. Of course you got money for the old rope. The phrase came to mean money for anything (seemingly) worthless.

City  of Lorain
It takes a great deal now to get me out of my lethargic and apathetic state. Mostly, I read the news of Lorain and elsewhere and shrug. Been there done that – tried to fix it- and the scum still rises to the top of the pond .

Stagnant , anchored in apathy, every once in a while my previous curiosity will surface. Last week was one such occasion -I noticed in the reading of City Council Meetings March 16th – an ordinance passed by all members of city council, with very little discussion with the Director, Doug Rangel- of the Lorain Development Corporation-
http://www.cityoflorain.org/economic_community_development/lorain_development_corporation which is funded by three sources ( basically coming back to we, the taxpayer)

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NOTE: A follow up post explaining how Lorain Development Corporation operates will be the next post on this blog
Prime Industries
The exchange between council and Director Rangel can be found here- page three
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pertaining to a property found at 1817 Iowa Avenue- Prime Industries.
Unfortunately I remembered $100,000 dollars with much hoopla being given to Prime Industries. http://www.loraincounty.com/manufacturing/feature.shtml?f=12666
prime_industries and media success stories such as the Morning Journal article October 2010- ALL “SOUNDED” VERY PROMISING
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20101003/prime-industries-prospers-by-going-after-niche-markets

Local customers include amusement park Cedar Point, which turns to Prime Industries for safety harnesses for its gravity-defying rides.
In addition to making new parts for Cedar Point, Prime Industries refurbishes safety harnesses after thousands of roller-coaster passengers have worn them out…..

… Other local customers include Invacare Corp., in Elyria; Bettcher Industries, in Florence Township; Nordson Corp., in Westlake; and Latanick Equipment Inc., in Huron. Prime Industries also makes parts for missiles built by Lockheed-Martin for use by U.S. armed forces in Iraq. With more than 500 customers, the company started as a division, called Advanced Foam and Plastics, of Kindt-Collins Co., based in Cleveland

The headline is a bit misleading( prospers???) because halfway through the article the history states:

Advanced Foam and Plastics was created to serve the foundry industry, but by 1984 it was known as Prime Design.
In 1997, Prime Design received $292,000 from Lorain to relocate here from Cleveland, creating 22 jobs.

A $100,000 loan from the city in 2000 helped expand, but by 2002 Prime Industries was up for sale

AND THEN

First, Rich and Joe Persico paid off the $292,000 loan from 1997, and then put up $145,000 of their own capital.

“Then” the city of Lorain loaned them $400,000 and a Warren bank also loaned them $400,000 in 2002 Prime Design became Prime Industries.

In May 2008, Lorain loaned the company $100,000 to gain new contracts.

That is $600.000 by my calculations we have had some back in the employee income tax but still money for old rope imho.
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Oh my ! the money tree that is government, because now- today- Lorain is wanting to “enter into a loan assignment agreement to accept a priority mortgage position in lieu of a guarantee to the purpose of taking back the building ( 1817 Iowa)
AND then what do we do with the building- will wonders never cease We will try and sell it , lease it to a business and try and put some shops back there.

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Sourced with permission http://thecrossedpond.com/2008/11/19/pond-scum-23/

There it is again the Lorain Mantra for spending money to get money – It will bring us jobs- it will save jobs- it will promote Lorain- Money for old rope????

Let us segue back to just a couple of the buildings that we have acquired in Lorain’s downtown through similar circumstances . The belly upping of Allegiant Medical Equipment– again touted with much hoopla when it arrived:
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737 Broadway – leased to a non profit The Lorain Arts Council for $350. a month.
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20120313/lorain-arts-council-could-move-to-broadway-with-video

But at least the City of Lorain doesn’t have to pay property tax on that one as it is leased to a non-profit!. Lorain gets $350 a month and the hope of visitors along Broadway.

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady


The 770 Broadway again loans and getting it back
which was supposed to be rehabbed after the loan fiasco on that property didn’t end up with what we were told
http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-ghoulardis-goulash.html
photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

” The company( American Demolition) will tear down part of the building and restore the interior and exterior of the remaining section. Contractor Don Buchs worked with architect Gary Fischer of Arkinetics to develop the plan for the 14,640-square-foot building.

The northwest portion of the building will be torn down to make way for tenant parking and a trash container and the south side, the retail areas along West Eighth Street, would also be demolished.

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/03/02/lorain-considers-demolishing-former-ghoulardis-building/

Within weeks of buying it, we find out that it’s totally useless,” said Councilman Dan Given, D-at large.

Given called the purchase of the building by the administration of former Mayor Tony Krasienko a “debacle,” and Given had the wording of the ordinance for advertising changed so that new Service Director Robert Fowler must get Council members’ approval before signing off on any sale.

We have the money thrown at St. Joe’s old hospital
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https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/st-joes-community-center-lets-get-fiscal-physical-lets-get-real/ and then
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642 Broadway – again the loans , the acquiring the building. BUT the city of Lorain on this building has to pay property taxes of $12,750.00 yearly because this building houses two FOR profit tenants
Delta Pro which pays $630.00 per month- Looks like we the taxpayer are responsible for quite a bit . https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/vermilion-oh/7007905-black-river-audio-delta-productions
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The other tenant is Follow the Fish – a much publicized media and county darling – an arts and events for profit business. https://www.facebook.com/FollowTheFishArtAndAdventureTrails
they are in the “business” of art , events and promotion .

photo Lisa Miller

photo Lisa Miller


Apparently they started off as a POP UP SHOP http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20121216/lorain-pop-up-shops-continue-business-downtown-during-holiday-season-with-videos for the holiday event of Light up LorainNovember 1st 2012 for two months and they were to pay, as the other Pop Up shops were supposed to do, the utilities ( no rent for that period) and an insurance coverage.the lease expired on December 31- 2012-
Copy of lease conditions here
A lease follow the fish

Follow the Fish Adventure Trails(FFAAT) DID NOT, according to the city , pay the utilities for that two month period and have NOT paid any rent or utilities in the ensuring months all 28 months. The city has not received a copy of an insurance contract.

Presumably FFAAT have been earning income, one assumes, from their various fundraisers –
http://www.visitloraincounty.com/ai1ec_event/ignite-2015/?instance_id=
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/06/25/video-follow-the-fish-public-art-project-debuts-at-festival/
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140623/lorain-follow-the-fish-artshop-planned-for-june-28
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150409/firefish-2015-preview-party-set-for-may-7-in-lorain
and fish sales and their 40% commission charge .

It would have been nice to have paid the taxpayers back for the time FFAAT have occupied the building using the space and utilities for various events and promotion of art works etc. Even if they paid the same as Lorain Arts Council $350.00 that $9,800 would have gone a long way in covering the $8,000 utility bill and the $30,000 in taxes during that time .

Follow the Fish Adventure Trails LLC latest looking for funding fundraiser, along with the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is May 7th at the Palace Theatre
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I am all for promoting Lorain and her businesses but at what cost to the taxpayer and when does losing money become acceptable?

And now back to the reason this post started Prime Industries. Curiosity as to why we were seemingly wanting a building back that had an outstanding tax bill of $184,815.82 . Doug Rangel Director of Lorain Development Corporation has been most helpful in replying to my myriad of questions as has Director of Public Building and Housing Leon Mason.

Doug Rangel answered my enquiry as to why???? :

“The real estate tax burden is one I will have to deal with and they for years had been trying to get a reduction because taxes were even higher than they are now. The loss of cash flow continued to hurt their ability to take larger jobs because while companies would say we will pay in 30 days, it would inevitably take longer. The situation that we have arrived at is not one we like to see but it is reality
More importantly, that legislation allowed me to take that first mortgage instead of going through a foreclosure and likely being wiped out. With this first and second mortgage, I can now complete foreclosure and work to recoup the dollars through a sale or lease of this property. County says its worth $818,000, though it was appraised at $2.1M years ago. Property values around here have taken a serious hit, just like homeowners. The devaluation of properties didn’t just hurt the residential market, but it also hit the commercial market as well.
What we have learned from the business environment over the past 6-8 years is that any business can be impacted even large ones though they have a better chance of surviving than the smaller ones.

break even
This particular taxpayer understands the issues at hand BUT ( and there it is again ) when dealing with these city owned properties acquired through defaulted loans etc. I would ask can we please , when we take on these structures we at least break even when “leasing”, selling, whatever – just so it doesn’t cost us any more of “our dollars “ because as Maggie Thatcher ( like her or not) said : There is no such thing as public money, there is only tax-payers’ money.

April 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm 1 comment

When a Gorilla rocks your world


Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
– Benjamin Disraeli

After Chris died I struggled to find a way for me to “be”-
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/to-be-or-not-to-be-why-and-wherefores/
I failed the “me” is no longer the “me” . I met with my personal Gorilla of Grief
and he is with me still

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/gorilla-in-the-midst/

Artwork Chris Ritchey  Face Book page

Artwork Chris Ritchey Face Book page


I have learned- learned how to traverse the mine fields of grief, learned how to exist, learned , like one who is blind, to navigate through , learned when to rest , when to fight. The gorilla has been “trained” over these many months , I know how to find respite , to hide in the smiles and games of my grandchildren as I feel his presence- knowing if I let my guard down he will attack with a pent-up ferocity which will cripple me . He is dangerous- he waits.

And he can find you – no matter how well you think you have him under control. You realize he has sapped your strength and there is very little left to deal with the illnesses and life issues that befall those of us who continue to age. We age differently too- another of his gifts- there is a greyness – an aging process that accelerates – he causes the body’s defenses to be spread too thin. You realize you cannot keep this voracious animal at bay without there being a cost. The cost is not only emotional it is physical. You see the ravages on the face of your husband , the marks of the struggle etched there for those that remember the time before the gorilla. Your face no longer recognizable to you when you deign to look in the mirror.

In order to add strength you find you can and have to delete- yes! delete from your life those people and situations that also sap your strength. You can no longer afford the luxury of tolerance, patience and those people and situations that take or are superfluous to your well-being. There is something freeing in realizing you don’t have to anymore. They will not help you control and cage the gorilla. You also learn truth and transparency is not what people really want , they want such things yes- but in small doses, metered out- not all at once. You gather strength to “be” by not expending wasted energy.

And then you find yourself sitting in the parking lot waiting for a loved one to run an errand- a song comes on the car radio, you aren’t quick enough to turn it off, the damage is done and “We will rock you”


takes you back instantly to a soccer field at a Lorain Catholic High School ( also now dead) when life was happy and where no gorillas just camaraderie fun and hope. Too late- the gorilla is free, he tears at your gut, your breathing stops , tears flow so fast and get trapped between the rim of your sun glasses and cheeks , blinding you , your hands clench, nails driving into your palms hoping to stop this vicious beast – but he is too strong, memories fill your mind, crashing in upon each other and finally the wracking sobs explode once more. Time has been negated and you are back in a hospital room locked into the worst moments of your life – once more – The gorilla is free to do what he will ……

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March 26, 2015 at 10:51 am 1 comment

Helpless in Barbarity – Fiend – Feind or Friend- 2015

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I write for me- for the most part- to get my thoughts out from my overworked brain. A brain that surges, boils , rolls and cascades with random thoughts all day long and through the night. Some I remember upon waking, but I have realized the dreams are just my brain’s way of trying to make sense of those thoughts- putting them into some sort of formation so they can be filed- to be made sense of – I haven’t been able to make sense of much lately!

There is now a helplessness and hopelessness in my thoughts and writing. Since the dying of my son, much changed in my world. I no longer feel anything I say or do makes a blind bit of difference- the words are there but they are without strength. I am on record as now realizing “one” does not make a difference when swimming against the tide of those of “like -minded” ocean .
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The discovery of great hypocrisy as it pertained to the death and dying of my son.

The lack of respect for another beliefs- the selfishness and power of control by a church of another.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/ignorestance-and-the-roman-catholic-church-part-5/
Not a great big deal , in fact nothing really in the grand scheme of things. The attitude and actions of that family of deceit and control only effected this little family unit.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/
We die and it will be forgotten, if not forgotten already by those not directly part of Chris’ life and death. A lesson learned the hardest way possible .

As I remove myself for the outer world and the world of myths and gods, I am caged, dealing with the greater world, images so foreign and barbaric coming across the television and computer screen.

Source BBC News

Source BBC News

NOTE: I searched for images and there were plenty but I just couldn’t bring myself to even download any they were so horrific in their content.

I have written and studied medieval England, Kings and Queens , History of Crusades, the march of the Romans, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, the deluge of death of world wars. My brain not really understanding the atrocities of those times.
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I didn’t experience World War two – my parents did – I wasn’t born.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-part-6/
Korea -I really didn’t know existed until I was well into my twenties, Vietnam the same thing- Oh I saw the images on television- same with Desert Storm etc. The images we were meant to see , stats digested with the evening meal. The media gave us an insight , but only visually with canned audio- not the smells the feel of war, the taste in your mouth kind of war those that fought remember.

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey

Yes, there are newsreels and documentaries galore on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany and the thought what would I have done if I had been Jewish, gay , a gypsy or German. I had the luxury of knowing I wouldn’t be asked to make that decision.

Germany was England’s enemy ( feind) – they were tangible- you knew from whence they came and the county they called their homeland. The fiend was a man- there was a face to him – Hitler. There was a tangible “feind” and a “fiend”.

Now there is an enemy whose barbarism rivals those of civilizations of non- humanity . They have invaded my home, my life my thoughts with their bestial and fiendish culture.

They are an enemy, not of a country but of an ideology – their sadistic , bloodthirsty war on those who are not of their ilk has brought horror and havoc to the very streets and communities fought over in wars gone by. The difference being the ” feind” is intangible. Like evil spectres they wander though the streets unseen until the carnage they leave point them out – too late.

And the rest of us – not matter our beliefs in gods or non gods – wait – wait for something to be done – no cartoons of the enemy this time –

that too can spell disaster –
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30708237
This war is different – as bloody as all wars – this war has taken us back – back to centuries past when human kind supposedly knew no better – we have become supposedly civilized in western culture – no crucifixion of the Son of one God at least – but sons of man are still being crucified
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion
as modern technology fuels the weaponry of terror with “produced slick videos”

And seemingly the rest of us can do nothing to stop this army of cacodemonic human refuse. We are at war fighting yet another ideology without borders and we who hope for a better understanding of ” man “kind– can do nothing it seems.

We call upon our leaders “do something stop this – but what can they do ? the enemy is us pitting one’s beliefs against another’s – where do we start where do we stop? What difference can one God, Saviour , Prophet make and where is He, Her, where are they ?
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So we sit as we watch civilization (as we believe it to be) bleeds into the earth, consumed in the fire of disgust and say “why aren’t they stopped” but our main fear is that this “feind” is of our own making. Today one of these “outside humankind ” has been identified
Mohammed Emwazi
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31637090
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This young man , walked the same London streets as me, my mother ,my father and millions of young men before him who fought for freedom of kind , freedom of expression, freedom of belief. He was someone who studied at the Westminster University

Westminster University

Westminster University


http://www.westminster.ac.uk/ He too would’ve smelled the roasting of chestnuts on a winter’s evening by the vendors on her city streets , the theatres, the displays of free speech at Speakers Corner , the beauty of an English summer day, a willow frond lazily trailing in the gentle flowing waters where Shakespeare wrote , the rights of man that survives the centuries written in her libraries , the culture, not just British, that can be found everywhere How did he end up being so devoid of anything human?

I won’t have an answer in this lifetime ………….

February 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

The weapon- City of Lorain- You decide- Trust negated

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I could write every day for a year and still not cover all the dilapidated buildings and homes in Lorain.
State Auditors report of 2004 – Lorain
http://www.cityoflorain.org/cms/files/File/2004/introduction.pdf

negative effect on the neighborhood stability and economic vitality of the city”
“By not administering its code enforcement, property maintenance and building programs, it is difficult for the city to preserve its housing stock,”

The Chronicle Telegram http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/ has written about the “state” of Lorain for many, many years and there are many reasons for the state in which we now we find ourselves years on. At least one Mayor – Craig Foltin -as reported in this article by Dan Harkins and Shawn Foucher as far back as 2005 – pointing out the “broken homes”- See the artcle by clicking on ‘ “brokehomes” here
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Beyond that, the new housing inspectors have gotten only a lukewarm endorsement from Mayor Craig Foltin, who defeated his predecessor in 1999 in part by making an issue of what he characterized as an overly aggressive Building Department.
“We feel that if they don’t have a successful plan and aren’t self-sufficient and nice to people, then we will not continue with them,” Foltin said recently of the inspectors……..

AND FROM THE SAME ARTICLE

…….Some Council members have said the new inspectors cannot succeed without Foltin’s full support.
“They’re not going to do any pushing because Foltin is a member of the landlords association,” Councilman David Wargo, D-1st Ward, said. “Foltin won’t let them do what they have to do.”
Wargo said the inspectors would find it difficult to force property owners to fix problems because Foltin “won’t let them be tough on people.”…..

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Then there was the Chief Building Inspector Desvari Debacle
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2008/02/09/lorain-building-inspector-suspended/
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07/lorains_chief_building_officia.html
http://www.lorainlatino.com/articles/2010/07/09/noticias/doc4c373d355f040981109132.txt
it just goes on and on and on…. another Lorain legacy –
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This blog, this writer , as stated, touched upon just a few examples ( well documented) to show how today’s elected officials are frustrated and thwarted by the process and the legacy left by those “go gently ” policies of yesteryear!.

I have written about multi-property owners in Lorain- that frustration- and especially when at least two of them die suddenly – George Schneider and Lewis Strnad leaving the city with a mess of dilapidated properties , probate wills and neighborhoods being effected by the lack of upkeep.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/
One such ongoing issue was that of Lewis Strnad who owned approximately 30 or more properties that have been left to fall in upon themselves’ In 2010- just before his death he purchased 2937, Elyria Ave. Lorain
lorainPhotos over the years of nothing being done this is 2937 today- 5 years after purchase- February 2015
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I did contact the county as to the status of Mr. Strnad’s properties on Friday the 13th-2015:

Strnad’s units have bulk processed into the court under tax delinquency as many of the estate’s holdings are in arrears. 2937 is specifically targeted for the current demo program and a case was filed some time around 12/09/14.

Well some movement on one multi- property owners legacy at least.
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AND NOW!!!!
This series started with my outrage that a sitting member of the Lorain Design Review Board in my considered opinion – threatened, coerced and tried to intimidate elected officials into interceding on behalf of her son’s property. And used her position to use the City of Lorain Building Dept to visit vindictive behavior upon a citizen of Lorain– as she had threatened in at least two emails and states this also was her 2nd request.
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Kathy Dye wrote in the Subject line of her e-mail – this was DESIGN REVIEW BOARD issue
Here is the ordinance as it pertains to the Design Review Board Chapter 1185 Codified
I was very involved back in the day 1987 with the implementation of the Lorain Design review Board and once again in 2006 when Sandy Prudoff fought against having a “history” organization a Board member – Page 17
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KATHY DYE EMAIL JANUARY 9TH-2015

From: Javalady53@XXXXX [mailto:Javalady53@XXXXX]
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 11:56 AM
To: Mason, Leon
Subject: Design review board
Getting pretty sick and tired of Loraine Ritchie running this city with her complaints. #1 if you and the mayor are going to harrass people you should look at everybody, not just a few chosen people. I can be a bigger bitch than Loraine Ritchie. I know of several things if I spill the beans will cause a huge uproar in this city as well as a large number of law suits. I was previously asked to keep my mouth shut about all of it but my patience is running thin. Just to also let you know the information I know has nothing to do with any previous city employees.

#2, Loraine Ritchie has a lot of “ordinance issues” on the outside of her property, what about the inside?

#3 Loraine Ritchie keeps saying that my son did not get approval for his Kharisma sign. Well when he came before the board, before you came aboard, We gave him a conditional approval if the sign fit the sign board. Well it fit and we sent pictures to Dave Gulden as we were told. Then the uproar came and community development was dissolved and Dave damaged his files, not our fault. So I sent pictures again to Rey Carrion. Whatever happened to them I do not know. So here we still are seeing Loraine running her flapping mouth that the sign was hung illegally and that he was told to remove it. Well that is not the case and I want a letter sent for the approval now. The Building Department was notified months ago that we were still waiting for it.

#4 I understand the mayor is planning to run again. Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

#5 Also I have a question, why did the ex-mayor and your father back in their day refuse to take the mast from Admiral King’s boat that sank and make a memorial here in Lorain?

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As most are aware, members of a government board, such as City Council, Design Review Boards etc. are protected with “qualified immunity” – not “absolute immunity” from law suits against the individual for decisions made as a body. BUT by the same token city government cannot be used as a weapon against an individual for “personal retribution”. There is a lot of legalese with this but that is the gist of it.

Kathy Dye, has made it abundantly clear in her comments on this blog – she was doing exactly that! She used position on the Lorain Design Review Board – see subject line of the offensive email) to also use threatening language to the Mayor of the City of Lorain and also to try intimidation with the Director of Building Housing and Planning

KATHY DYE WROTE

Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.


Her emails continued, her family parked outside my house taking photos of my “ordinance issues”. Her statement to the fact on February 10th 2015 this was due to :

I started on you because you started on my son’s building and mine.

960 Broadway Schnitzler Block Dyes Appliance

note: BOTH STRUCTURES ARE DEEMED COMMERCIAL– Dyes’ Appliances has received a number of complaints due to the “outside showroom of appliances ” behind 960 Broadway building and the obvious concerns of health and safety at 418 Broadway-
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This is the same son mentioned with threatening behavior in her email ( with the Design Review Board subject line) to Leon Mason
Kathy Dye:
Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

The son whose building 418 Broadway found the following inspection results as per the Morning Journal article:
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150107/lorain-building-owner-accused-of-illegal-gas-tap
Click on to enlarge
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Dye affidavit This is not just about handbags at dawn and a neighbor vs neighbor situation

The same Kathy Dye who just two weeks ago hypocritically stood before Lorain City Council lamenting the state of building and storefronts on Broadway
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150210/downtown-lorain-merchants-discuss-broadway-traffic-plans

Kathy Dye of Dye’s Appliance also noted on-street parking issues and lamented the empty storefronts of buildings that owners seemingly refuse to develop or sell.

My objections are this person- Kathy Dye -who is a sitting member of a city backed board- in this case the Design Review Board- used that platform to seek personal vengeance, retribution and vindictiveness using another city department in this case the Building Dept. of the City of Lorain as her weapon.
This usage of government should not be countenanced – today my downspout tomorrow your ???????!

A city department shown to be very slow and untimely in their inspection process ( see previous posts) literally responding to Mrs. Dye within 4 business days, citing a broken down spout in the mid winter in sub freezing temperatures and a garage that needs painting– whilst dozens and dozens of properties have been left in limbo for weeks months years and in some cases decades.

One has to ask the question WHY was that? .

Why would Kathy Dye get more attention than elected officials?
Does it come down to “spilling beans” You see one has to wonder just how does this process work for one and not for elected officials and something doesn’t smell right!

Secondly.
What makes Kathy Dye feel comfortable in putting her threats , as I perceive them to be, under the Design Review Board notation , in my opinion, bordering on blackmail in order to get her way?

Why would she feel comfortable doing that – has it been done before ? Is this how Lorain government works and worked?

Mrs. Dye, in my opinion, has in her position as sitting member of the Design Review Board to use that position to “punish” and the City of Lorain and especially the Lorain Building Dept has enabled that behavior.

Thirdly:Mrs. Dye has also used that position, once again in my considered opinion, to coerce, threaten and intimidate elected officials. Is this “allowed”- is this the way of city business?
Because it sure looks like it from my keyboard.

Fourth: Will this just go the way of so many things- yesterday’s news- is there no accountability for this behavior ?

And they wonder why trust in government and politicians is at an all time low in this community- same old same old?????

I did ask the City of Lorain various questions NONE of Which have been answered to date:

1.What is the general time citywide between a complaints made to the Building Dept. and the requested inspection taking place?

2. What is the average time line for the process?

3. Were any other properties inspected during the time 1127 W 4th Street and outbuildings such as garages, roofs, gutters etc. on the day 1227 W. 4th Street was inspected?

4. Were any other citations given during that time period the inspector was inspecting 1127, W 4th Street?

THE END ??????

February 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm 2 comments

Dye- abolical – goose /gander Inspection Process Pt. 4 – Lorain

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I have covered three of the three examples of the process of Inspections, the Building Dept. and the process so far. These complaints have been filed and commented upon by serving “elected officials” not Joe Blow citizen but people whose job of work is to make their city and ward a better place.
fail 1965 E 28th Street- Mayor Krasienko -2008-2012 documented from 2008 –
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/dye-abolical-goose-and-the-gander-inspection-process-lorain/
current state

 1965 28th Street January  2015

1965 28th Street January 2015

fail3620 Clifton Ave – Councilman Eddie Edwards documented since 2012 https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-2-lorain/
current state
3620 Clifton res
fail 113 Hamilton Ave- Councilman Dennis Flores
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-3-lorain/
King rea

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JULY-2014 found Council Person R. Lucente asking:

Jul 16, 2014
How did all the Houses and Buildings get in such poor condition? As I said
when the Point of sale issue came before Council, We did not need more tools
in our toolbox, We just needed to use the tools we already had in the box.

You might be interested to know Mr. Lucente, although I support Point of Sale – https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/
these same thoughts were stated at a meeting of a start up of a “block watch” in 2005 ( 10 years ago) by Lorain County Prosecutors Office George Koury and previous Safety Service Director 1996-1999koury – when asked about what laws could be passed because of the state of the buildings and homes in the 2nd Ward – He said:

There are ordinances already on the books – they just have to be enforced.


Note that was in the cafeteria room of the Old St. Joe’s Hospital and we know what is happening there today don’t we?
http://www.cleveland.com/avon-lake/index.ssf/2015/01/veterans_clinic_moving_from_cu.html

Ironically, at that meeting was Joe Smith who is also running for the position of 2nd Ward Councilman – Joeheadshot
Ward Two is and has been the dumping ground, by banks, RSO’s – poor and substandard rentals and abandoned building as well a ghost town of commerce along Broadway. wews5

It is a big job and so goes the 2nd ward so eventually goes the city!

Well, Councilman Lucente, this might give you an answer as this seems to be indicative of the tools in the box

source Amazon dot com

source Amazon dot com


As mentioned in part three, Mr. Flores, often ,in his emails expressed frustration and concerns as to the timely manner of response by the Building Dept. to his notifications:
One such property 1761 HAMILTON AVE.
On January 25th 2013 _ two years ago Mr. Flores wrote in an email:

“It seems to me that a lot of the work I report falls on deaf-ears…
I’m requesting that a letter be sent notifying the property owner of this nuisance, vacant building.”
Parcel Number: 02-01-006-134-008
Owner Name &
Address: MIHALICK DAVID R & JENNIFER L
6106 GLADYS AVE ELYRIA, OH 44035
Taxes owed : $4,617.23

1761 HAMILTON JANUARY 2013
front
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Since this blog did its own inspection this week February 9th 2015 – not much has changed, as you see , at the front- the shrubbery has grown in front of the windows and the rear of the property ????? – well more than a “don spout” needed here
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/ode-to-a-downspout-named-don-lorain/
JANUARY 2015Click on jpg to enlarge
front 1761 Hamilton

rear 1761 Hamilton
Not much in the way of timely intervention then BUT- The Building Dept. did inspect this property- Email: dated FRIDAY THE 13TH -2015 from the Building Dept to Mr. Flores .

ONE YEAR AGO-2014
1/24/2014 Requested for rental inspection.
11 MONTHS AGO
3/8/2014 Home is in foreclosure, not rental.

5/20/2014 Cited for high grass.
7/28/2014 Cited for high grass. (NOTE: high grass???? that is it??? will wonders ever cease!!!!)
I saw a note that it was cited on 3/9/2012 and it was sent to court on 3/20/2013. “NOTE” and what if any was the outcome of that ?????

Two years ago sent to court, and here we are TWO YEARS later – timely indeed- another time- another year passes fail
Is it any wonder why during a council meeting November 2013 discussing the housing in Lorain,Council at Large Dan Given stated:
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20131115/lorain-housing-study-draws-praise-but-citizens-frustrated
Given

I’m still going to spin this thing back; the way we’re doing it now is broken,” Given said. “Issuing citations to property owners now, we might as well be writing them on toilet paper.”

construction TP

And yet 4 working days after the complaint by Kathy Dye the Building Dept was on the job ??? Might want to save some of that toilet paper as “it” hits the fan!!!!!

Once again to be continued……….

February 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

Dye- abolical – goose /gander Inspection Process Pt 3 – Lorain

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I have covered 2 of the three examples of the process of Inspections, the Building Dept. and the process so far. These two have been documented to death on this blog and others over the years and whose main complainants have been elected officials.
fail 1965 E 28th Street– Mayor Krasienko -2008-2012 documented from 2008 –
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/dye-abolical-goose-and-the-gander-inspection-process-lorain/
current state

 1965 28th Street January  2015

1965 28th Street January 2015

fail3620 Clifton Ave Councilman Eddie Edwards documented since 2012 https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-2-lorain/
current state
3620 Clifton res

Part Three : 2nd Ward Councilman Dennis Flores
dennis Flores Mr. Flores is one of the more active and reachable council people .

His 2nd ward also happens to cover a great deal of the oldest housing and building stock in Lorain. He has been tireless over the years he has held office in reporting problem buildings, housing in his ward. I know this because, for the most part, when the issues are in this – Lorain’s oldest neighborhood- I get copied on the emails.

There are hundreds over the years – I lost count . Mr. Flores usually attached photos. Below are just two screen shots of the dozens and dozens submitted to the Building Dept.
Flores col

There is an ongoing tone of frustration in his emails as he has repeatedly asked for follow-up status on his complaints. I know “some” have gone through the process. What the status and success of out come of those and the length of time in the system I cannot document at the moment. I have asked the city administration for some answers- none forthcoming as of today. However, I can comment on at least one of the properties, as I was party to the email conversation at the time

113 Hamilton- In September (22nd- 2014) Mr. Flores wrote (edited)

Sep 22, 2014
There are several issues here but how will this get resolved?
Received a complaint regarding 6 raccoons climbing into the hole on east corner side of 113 Hamilton ave.,
closeup

Also there was a handicap ramp built so in a way to block-in a motor home and the vehicle still parking in front-lawn of house.
Please advise, what are the steps to get these issues resolved? Thank Dennis

AK-BIRTHPLACE

The reason I have picked this one is it is an historically significant home. Charleston Village had also received many enquiries / complaints. Since the owner is elderly, has some disability and the home receives some tourist traffic, we tried to help.
2010 Home picture ( Dan Brady http://danielebrady.blogspot.com
ak 2010
We had cleaned and painted for the owner in October 2011
Home pictured October 2011 after clean -up
AK 2011
However, over the ensuring months, more issues developed – including an unhappy neighbor, who was turned down for rehab loan on their property due to the condition of this property. I said as much in a return email to those to whom Mr. Flores sent the complaint.

This is actually the home that was the birthplace of Admiral King. Charleston Village did help the owner clear, clean and paint the porch two years ago due to the dedication of the Admiral King Tribute Site. Unfortunately things have, as Dennis stated, deteriorated both with the wheel chair “fencing” and the conditions outside and inside the house . We have had complaints from property owners who have been turned down for financing due to the condition of this house , when they had been trying to rehab their property. FYI I sincerely hope something can be done to alleviate this situation as sad as these conditions are in and around our neighborhood what with other historic properties being neglected this one getting to this state is particularly sad………. Loraine Ritchey

I asked Mr. Flores last week to check and see if there had been a recent inspection report on this property and or follow-up and any paperwork since obviously the timely inspection of my property – 4 working days – seemed to set a bar.
don spout
Mr. Flores, double checked personally. There had been some paperwork before his complaint in September ( a building permit for the ramp) a citation in 2010 before we ( the volunteers of Charleston Village) cleaned up the property but it seems Mr. Flores complaint of September 22nd 2014 did not meet with the “speedy” response as did 1127, 4th Street. There wasn’t any paperwork forthcoming showing a follow-up from the Building Dept. officials
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/the-dyenamics-of-inspections-time-lines-lorain/

King rea
WHY??????? should not Mr. Flores’ ( an elected official) complaints be met with the same speedy response as Design Review Board member Kathy Dye?
dye a tribed

to be continued …………

February 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm 7 comments

Dye- abolical – goose /gander Inspection Process Pt 2 – Lorain

In part one
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/dye-abolical-goose-and-the-gander-inspection-process-lorain/
Mayro  Krasienko

We touched upon 1965 28th Street– where the duly elected Mayor of Lorain – Anthony Krasienko wanted the site cleaned up and or demolished – It is still there

 1965 28th Street January  2015

1965 28th Street January 2015

Part Two – 3620 Clifton Avenue
Eddie Edwards
this will find another elected official and the frustrations of his own. Councilman Eddie Edwards. This property 3620 Clifton AVE. has quite a history and was first written about on Bustershouse Blog : The blog was incredulous and in their post stated :

I am amazed that this house, which has been inspected and re-inspected by TPTB (and then some), was deemed worthy of a second chance. Sitting exposed to the elements for at least five years, sold for $200 to two guys who let it sit untouched for two more years (sale date January 2011) – it meant nothing to anybody until the city came knocking with the wrecking ball

3620-ist shot
see the photos of that post here
https://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/as-seen-in-lorain-3620-clifton-avenue-and-the-second-chance/

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20130112/another-16-houses-slated-for-demolition-by-lorains-demolition-board-of-appeals-with-video
Bustershouse Blog followed up in June
https://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/whatever-happened-to-3620-clifton-avenue/
This blog too, after attending the Demolition Appeals Board wrote about 3620 Clifton Ave.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/point-of-sale-lorain-a-history-a-result/

and the “process”
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-cowboys-of-lorain-part-two-the-demo-men/

The frustration of Mr. Edwards was apparent that day:

In that article, it was mentioned that the owners of one of the houses on the demolition list were given a second chance to make repairs. Even though it was noted by :

Demolition Board member, 5th ward Councilman, and neighborhood resident Eddie Edwards that “Before the sale, the house sat empty for about five years, with its doors and windows open and generally falling apart…” and “The new owners also waited a year before taking action to repair it…” AND the Board went out to see this house for themselves AND took the Fire Chief with them AND talked to the unhappy neighbors – the owners have $17,000 and a plan and that was enough for the Board to grant them a second chance

A year and a few months later the flip became a flop!
june-2014-canon-318-1
So here we are 2 years after that meeting : and the dwelling today
January 2015
3620 Clifton res

Barbee
Conclusion : the flippers from Elyria , exactly 4 years ago, purchased a property without Point of Sale which so upset the Lorain County Board of Realtors.
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20130618/lorain-council-to-discuss-point-of-sale-nuisances-in-committee
and is still upsetting them , even if they aren’t quite accurate in their statements to the press

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/02/09/realtor-groups-head-disputes-lorain-sales-stats/
another nearly a decade on 3620 Clifton Avenue 5 years abandoned – 4 years in the INSPECTION PROCESS- 9 YEARS BY MY CALCULATIONS – the Flippers
Joseph Barbee and Nathaniel Johnson of Elyria also never paid the taxes roughly $218.00 per year and the tax bill as of today $1,088.48
( another worrying concern as delinquent taxes in the county according to the Lorain County Auditor when I spoke to him last week was in the amount of 34 million!

I emailed the city with regards to this property as to its status and it has been confirmed by Leon Mason (also a target of the Kathy (Cathy) Dye original email which I found extremely worrying and offensive from one who is a longtime member of the Lorain Design review Board.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/city-officials-caught-between-a-ritchey-and-a-dye-place/
Leon Mason – Director of Building, Housing and Planning

3620 Clifton, it was forwarded to the County Land Bank to begin the foreclosure process. As you may or may not know, the process for demo has changed since the original program, and the county must take possession of the properties.


Ironically this house was a forfeiture from the State of Ohio in the first place hmmmmm wonder if there had been a POS in place back then?

3620-clifton-south-side-siding
Well this process is still a work in progress on this one but I am still of the opinion it hasn’t worked!

Up next another “inspection in the hinterland”to be continued

February 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm 4 comments

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