2008-01-26 / Editorials & Letters

Another Letter to the Editor:

Writer criticizes Baltimore's priorities


The nearby photo represents the Village of Baltimore's 2007 street improvement program. This remarkable new patch of street art is located on Summers Choice along with three other patches of like nature. This repair was ordered by Service Superintendent Dennis Rose ($54,600 per year) who is in charge of such improvements. Similar patches can be viewed around the village at no cost. This impressive repair is also within 200 feet of the newly reelected village council member Chuck Keller's front porch. Keller must truly be proud.

Summers Choice is the most widely used street in the entire village during the summer season but we note that, of this date, no entire vehicle has been lost in one of these holes on Summers Choice. This is particularly true of 4-wheel drives that can claw their way out. Note too that the large cracks in the road surface shown in the picture assures that the roadway surrounding the patch will not survive the winter.

However, we are told that the new home-made patch material is carefully concocted with heavy duty tar and any other scrap laying around the garage including roof shingles and old ground up rubber tires that can go into the mix. We can't confirmthe mix but this quality repair product assures that backhoes and Waste Management trucks may pass over safely without dragging axles or scattering garbage.

But due to this superhuman repair effort on Summers Choice, other villagers must be aware that their turn for this major improvement may not come until as late as 2014 considering the priority of the newly proposed water tank that will be dragged in by mule if Baltimore can gouge enough water money from the Village of Thurston (already there appears to be a discrepancy of $36,000 in Baltimore's favor) and if the town's administrator Marsha Hall ($63,700 per year) ever gets a real grip on how to apply for grant money.

Although these patches mark the end of the Village's street improvement plans for 2007, the program is expected to resume rigorously as early as 2013 with a plan to be announced in the Mayor's Update, a regular partisan PR rage conjured up by Kalish as an ingenious new way to self-blow his own and a medium for the service superintendent's ($54,600) announcement of the town's most recent busted water mains.

A recent area newspaper account revealed that the Village of Millersport would resurface 12 town streets. This is only a dream for Baltimore residents where Council Member House said (paraphased), "We ain't got no money." You're right, House, since you and fiveother hare-brained members of village council approved the $63,700 salary of the worthless Village Administrator Marsha Hall and the $54,600 salary of the utterly worthless Service Superintendent Dennis Rose.

A fact emerges that council is not smart enough to see. If the town needs Hall and Rose, it doesn't need council. And, conversely, if the village needs council, it doesn't need Hall and Rose. If Rose has no decision making authority as council maintains, why not delegate the street work directly to the proven and dependable town employee Chad Sims, who is more competent than Rose anyway? Why not get rid of the middleman? To my knowledge it was Hall that dragged Rose into town in the first place. Why do we need this out-of-town deadwood? And hasn't anyone noticed that our mayor seems to think his only duty to the village is to give his regular and self-serving speeches at the high school, shake some hands and hope that someone shoves a camera up into his face?

We add the recent expenditure of $85,000 to authorize an engineering water study that establishes nothing more substantial than the fact that a 12 inch water pipe will carry more water than an eight inch pipe - a fact that an idiot or second grader already knows. Council obviously wasn't aware of this simple fact and had to be spoon-fed the details by a $85,500 water study fee. Why not use the $85,000 to buy the pipe itself? We already know where we want to lay the stuff. One can buy an awful lot of plastic for $85,000 and the village's backhoes were not designed for raking leaves.

Add to this, the fee for the "outerbelt" scheme which is a plan to surround the entire Village of Baltimore - population 2,900 - with a 4-lane highway. Only a few of the largest cities in Ohio have an outerbelt. Only a crew of maniacs could conjure up a scheme like this. Baltimore Council conjured this one up and hard working village taxpayers paid for the consulting fee. To this we add the pocket change fee of $4,500 for nothing more than a glorified WWII air raid siren - a piece of worthless metallic garbage atop a pole over at the pool - and we get an idea of the direction the half-cracked council is taking the village. The town might indeed get a tornado at some time, but the National Weather Service says it hasn't happened in the 137 years of the bureau's history.

Flo Welker observes this mess and says with all the bombast of an over-blown carnival barker that council has accomplished more in the last two years than was accomplished in the previous ten years, and says, "When you look at our council people, thank them." This is what happens when the village overpays a fiscal officer($30,758) and the remark is noteworthly only for its bald and brazen effort to cater to council and thus secure her partisan appointed job and protect her political rump.

The present Baltimore Village Council is a happy and politically rigged partisan clique of backslapping clowns. One belches, a vote is taken, and the action is approved 6-0. They are an opportunistic collection of small people desperately trying to be noticed. Some are there simply because they need the money. Like the former Buckeye Lake Council thug John Cortez, they attend council meetings when they choose. They are ignorant, they are arrogant, they are dangerous - and they are on the way to bankrupting the Village of Baltimore.

Dave Mooney Baltimore

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