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Commissioners want to discuss MCBDD with prosecutor



Published: Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Sean Barron

news@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

A county commissioner is planning an informational meeting with the prosecutor’s office, fellow commissioners and the county’s Board of Developmental Disabilities regarding what she says is a greater need for transparency within the agency.

Carol Rimedio-Righetti was unable to provide specifics during Thursday’s meeting at the board’s MASCO Workshop Inc. building, 825 Bev Road. Nevertheless, she said, commissioners have received numerous calls from clients’ parents and others wanting to know more about what’s going on with the agency.

For example, some people wanted more answers pertaining to a six-month ethics investigation of former superintendent Larry A. Duck, who received a $111,317 severance package.

Duck was hired March 1, 2001, as superintendent and was placed on administrative leave Sept. 19, 2013. Three months later, the board received the results from the probe.

Duck was paid more than $10,000 per month for the nearly six months he had been on paid leave.

Rimedio-Righetti, who did not provide a date for the meeting, said she also wants board members to have clearer directives regarding MCBDD’s programs.

Bobbi Wittkugle, whose 55-year-old son is an MCBDD client, said she wants to see more-open communication among parents, instructors and board members.

It is hoped that commissioners will help the MCBDD “get back to a family-oriented agency,” she added.

The commissioners appoint five of the board’s seven members. The Mahoning County Probate Court judge appoints the other two.

The next commissioners’ meeting is set for 10 a.m. next Friday at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market St.


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1concerned(173 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

I'm curious whatever happened with the family of the little boy who drowned at Leonard Kirtz almost 4 years ago.

Was there an investigation? A settlement?

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2boardbegone(6 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Here we go with another secretive meeting; why can't the Mahoning County Taxpayers attend the meeting? Why can't this be open to the public?

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3DwightK(1261 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Does the board really think they don't owe tax payers an explanation of why they spent more than $100,000? They should all be replaced.

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4westsiderscare(35 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Great job MCBDD..wait until the Renewal Levy comes up....I think the board should be replaced with parents with children of developmental disabilities...people who really care and probably wouldn't mind making that nice salary Mr. Duck made. Why are the least fortunate always the ones who have to pay for the stupidity of others?

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52muchtax(341 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

The place ran for 6 months while duck sat home, eliminate the position and save the tax payers 120 k in salary! Dump the board and save some more money after they wasted 111000.00. I have always supported this renewal n tax but never again! Public boards, public unions just think they can always abuse the taxpayers! Glad to Righetti trying to do something about it! 26 million budget n no real over site in Mahoning county is very dangerous! Right ti call in a state auditor!

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6Hmmmmm(48 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Carol, dude looks like a lady, what a phony statement. You know your sorry appointments caused the taxpayers to buy out Mr Ducks contract because they made this personal !!! They were wrong , so they paid. The Board and the honorable Atty Sammarone should resign !!!! Put on Board members that are verbal, that can talk. Duck went through that Board like sh...t through a goose !!!!

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7republicanRick(1166 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Sammarone seems completely and utterly incompetent. That's great, we have another crooked lawyer in town.

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