I agree with ambulance above, I very rarely go out to restaurants and bars on weekends for fear that after two or three gasses of wine or bottles of beer, I get caught like an ant in a spider web in a DUI checkpoint.The WRTA should use some of money in the vault to create a weekend transportation system for people who want to eat, drink and be merry. Even if they charged a weekend evening premium rate that cost triple the normal rate, they would make money and drunk drivers wouldn't be on the road. They have a large cash balance from our local sales tax revenues and maybe the federal dollars for these check points can be given to WRTA to implement such a program. It could be a win/win situation if well thought out and executed.
August 10, 2015 at 9:58 p.m.
Meacham is not keeping true to his pledge of fiscal responsibility. Why is he paying the newly hired payroll director 10% more than Thomas Lyden who had been doing the job for last 6 years. The new guy should have started at around $50,000. Meecham doesn't get it and the taxpayers get hosed again.
August 7, 2015 at 11:45 p.m.
How can this guy be the full-time treasurer for both school districts unless he is working 16 hours/day which I doubt. Sounds more like 1/2 time treasurer for two districts. Not a bad part-time gig.
July 27, 2015 at 11:41 p.m.
Meecham's "you are guilty until proven innocent" approach to his employees is not sitting well. He has lost several key employees since he has taken office and his first mistake was the firing of Chief Deputy McFall. He should have given her a stern warning (even though what she did is what all government employees are trained by their legal counsel to do - give the requestor what they ask for and nothing more). I think Meecham has underestimated the complexities of running local government and doesn't have a plan for continuity of operations. As CFO of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had much more money and much less bureaucracy to work with. So, Tom Lyden takes his talents (and he was a superstar) to Cleveland (at least he didn't take them to South Beach), other key employees gone and several others looking to bail out. Meecham doesn't get it. As a head coach, he is no Chuck Noll
July 11, 2015 at 1 p.m.
I'm not surprised by the few number of applicants. Meecham may have to "cast his net" farther and wider as all but one applicant is from Mahoning or Trumbull County. Where did he do his advertising? Most CPA's wouldn't want to work for this guy especially at the pay he is offering. My bet is if the CPA from the Board of Elections is a Republican, he is a shoe-in. Why haven't all of the haters of government workers who post to this page daily applied for the job? Their odds would look pretty good right now
April 4, 2015 at 7:31 p.m.
A quick junior high level math lesson:
Employee A of XYZ Corp. makes $40,000 per year. Their employer grants them a 3% bonus in Year 1 and no bonus or raises in Years 2 thru 10. Total additional cost in wages in 10 years above the original $40,000 per year is $1,200 ($1,200 X 1 = $1,200).
Employee B of XYZ Corp. also makes $40,000 per year. Their employer grants them a 1% raise in Year 1 and no bonus or raises in Years 2 thru 10. Total additional cost in wages in 10 years above the original $40,000 per year is $4,000 (because Employee B receives $400 over the original $40,000 per year in each of the ten years ($400 X 10 = $4,000).
In summary, the costs to XYX Corp. are 70% less with Employee A (a one time 3% bonus) than Employee B (a one time 1% raise) over the ten year period.
The majority of posters who commented on this story don't comprehend this relatively simple concept. Even the NKOB, County Auditor Meecham CPA would not dispute the above summary.
April 2, 2015 at 10:55 p.m.
I have a hunch that lajoci = an unindicted former Mahoning County Auditor.
March 6, 2015 at 12:25 a.m.
A few thoughts:
1. You are like a broken record. Go lobby the OPERS Board and your state legislators to change the retire/rehire law if you don't like it. Better yet, gather enough signatures to let the voters decide the matter in the form of a state-wide referendum in the next general election. Words without action are meaningless. Keep us posted on your progress.
2. To make innuendos that Judge Krichbaum has hurt his reputation, done something with a stench of dishonor, is greedy, and has diminished the public's faith in government are unfair swipes at an honorable individual.
3. Social Security benefits to 80% of Social Security recipients go untaxed because of the "escape hatch" in the current federal tax structure. Not so with the state retirement system benefits. Also, Social Security recipients can work after retirement in another Social Security covered job and receive their Social security monthly benefit, company pension and their paycheck at their new job. Does this make them double dippers as well?
4. I detect some journalistic laziness on the writer’s part. If the writer did some digging, he would be able to determine the judge's pension since judge's salaries in the state of Ohio are spelled out in the Ohio Revised Code. Also, the final average salary information in the article is inaccurate as employees eligible to retire by 1-1-18 still use their three highest years.
5. Again, the writer comments on the state retirement systems being shrouded in secrecy (go to www.opers.org and you can see how secretive the system is). Finally the writer states that the OPERS system is fast becoming unsustainable to taxpayers. All of the Ohio retirement systems recognized this several years ago and have implemented massive reforms in the last couple of years to make the systems sustainable. Where have you folks been? Don't you read your own newspaper?
February 10, 2015 at 10:06 a.m.
All comments prior to mine are excellent points. Public opinion amongst Americans and a majority of foreign countries is growing rapidly in that ISIS must be stopped ASAP. I'm not an Obama fan, but Bush and Colin Powell got hoodwinked big time by Cheney and Rumsfeld.
September 1, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
This is an encouraging story to read. Especially with the mostly negative news we are exposed to in the media. I completely agree that marriage is the foundation of the community. Single mothers and males who have several children with multiple partners seems like the norm. Going to church on Sunday is not the norm any longer. Any mention of God is not cool. In his acceptance speech, Academy Award winner for Best Actor in a leading role Matthew McConaughey said that the first person he wanted to thank was God and said that if it wasn't for God, he wouldn't be standing up there with the Oscar. He said God has blessed his life with talent and family. These comments received at best a smattering of soft clapping. Had he said "I would like to thank the LGBT community for all of their contributions to the motion picture industry and for their rights to legally marry", they would still be giving him a standing ovation, a rousing round of applause with Hollywood high-fives all over the place. To quote my mom who is in her 80's "what a crazy world we live in." Keep up the good work Ernie. Too bad your co-workers Bertram and Todd can't ever compose a story that leaves the reader feeling somewhat encouraged.
March 6, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.