Comments made by Finance Director Bozanich display the height of arrogance and disregard for the citizens and ratepayers in a community where the median annual household income is around $25,000. After years of squandering millions in wastewater revenue on failed "economic development" deals, he now expects those same ratepayers to accept a nearly doubling of existing rates just to finance improvements that should have been made years ago with past rate increases.
I sense the "good cop-bap cop" routine being played here based on Mayor McNally's comments, but in the end, the city's strategy is likely to shove the increases down the throats of the public. And remember, this issue not only affects Youngstown residents, but also those in suburban areas of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.
This issue is being brought to the forefront because the perfect storm now exists since the majority of city council members are term-limited and will not be running for re-election. What a perfect time to sneak it through!
A full accounting is in order and should be provided to the public regarding how past wastewater revenue has been squandered, and how ratepayers in a community such as Youngstown are expected to afford $300-$400 monthly waster water bills. And remember, this is just wastewater, not to mention water rates which are also on the rise.
August 12, 2014 at 7:36 a.m.
I've only read but one "jerky" response to Bertram's latest musings. Guess who it was from???
July 29, 2014 at 8:19 a.m.
While the weary columnist may be excused for writing such 'pea-brained' drivel, since he has consistently demonstrated a lack of literary acumen, it is unimaginable to me that the Vindicator management would allow such an irrelevant piece of trash to be published.
Whether the Catholic Church may or may not accept criminals into everlasting life? Come on, the Vindy is now playing God? The entire staff should be ashamed of themselves.
@Kernalofthuth: You may want to withdraw your offer to write for half of Bertram's salary. I doubt if they're paying him very much based on his recent and past performance.
July 28, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.
Kind of odd, a search of the Ohio Secretary of State website reveals that no company exists in Ohio by the name of "DNV Energy LLC".
Yet the company, if it is in fact chartered in another state, will receive $100,000 of Ohio taxpayers' money. Seems like something an astute news media should look into a little further.
July 4, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
Bmanresident is correct. The true cause for this settlement can be attributed to Sammarone and his incompetence in handling Ms. Hughes initial complaint when it was first brought to his attention. The lack of proper due process in accordance with the city's policy for handling workplace harassment complaints opened the door for this outcome.
For someone who touts himself as an expert manager and knower of all things city hall, Sammarone failed miserably in this instance and now the taxpayers must pay.
A responsible City Council would now pass legislation which demands restitution of the complete settlement amount jointly from Sammarone and Kitchen. But will they? No, the good ol' boy network continues, while the Vindicator continues to endorse idiots like Sammarone and the citizens continue to suffer.
Disgusting situation all the way around.
June 4, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.
Contrary to Mr. Skolnick's opening statement, City Council does not have the legal authority to "hire" anyone. In accordance with Youngstown's Charter, this type of legislation passed by City Council merely enables the Board of Control (Mayor, Finance Director, Law Director) to enter into contracts. So it is the Board of Control which actually does the hiring. Without Board approval, the State Auditor will not approve payment.
I would like to see this sorry bunch of council members actually authorize Triad Research Group to do the work, so that they can be held personally responsible for paying the bill.
Time for a wholesale change on City Council. We need members who first understand their roles, and second act in the public's best interest.
May 22, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.
Nice article, but they should have taken DeSouza and Skolnick instead; side by side in twin ejector seats with no parachutes. Now that would have increased the Vindicator's readership immensely !
May 17, 2014 at 9:18 a.m.
After reading the entire indictment, it seems that some of the allegations are rather weak in regard to the presence of a "criminal enterprise". The most compelling charge against McNally seems to be perjury-if it can be proven. The other stuff about relaying privileged information to Cafaro's attorneys will be difficult to distinguish from the typical exchange of information that routinely occurs during the course of discovery in a lawsuit. Remember, thus far we have seen none of the prosecution's evidence.
The prosecution does not have a "slam dunk" here. They will have to work hard and smart to prove their case. Especially since it's a good bet that the defendants will be "well represented". Is the prosecution up to the task?
May 16, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.
Either this guy is an absolute idiot or he owed some people some jobs. Almost $150K per year to maintain survey monuments???? Come on.
How about contracting on an hourly basis with one of the multitude of the many local licensed surveying firms to re-establish these monuments as the need arises, which I'll wager is not very often.
The previous county engineer discontinued this in-house function for good reason-it was not needed!! This waste of tax dollars is a perfect example of what happens when the voters elect "anointed" endorsed candidates to office without any viable competition. Remember, Ginnetti was endorsed by the democrat party, which caused the incumbent to drop out of the race. What do we really know about his background and experience that qualifies him to serve as county engineer?
The current critical need in Mahoning County is to maintain and improve roads and bridges, not to chase around missing survey monuments at a cost of $150k per year plus benefits, equipment, vehicles...etc.
May 5, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.
An absolutely asinine comment by handymandave. The kind that comes from individuals whom have neither fought to preserve the liberties we all enjoy as Americans, nor attempted to run a business.
It's the first of the month, so go and cash your welfare check and have some fun on the rest of us!
May 3, 2014 at 8:52 a.m.