Buckeye Lake Mayor Rick Baker really hurt my feelings this past Saturday. He told me that NO ONE in the village likes me and I need to get a hobby. Council President Charlene Hayden told me that I don’t have a job and can’t get one! She said I’m on vacation every day because every day I do nothing! She claims to know EVERYTHING about me. Instead of having a reasonable conversation with two elected officials after the July 28 special council meeting, it was as if I was facing off with two school-yard bullies.
Baker said he’s glad he only has to put up with me for another 1 1/2 years and that he plans to sue me because I’m out to ruin his reputation. I told him he was doing that on his own. Baker walked over within a foot of my face as he ranted at the top of his lungs, touting his family’s long history of community service. I calmly told him he was really showing himself. He backed off, claiming I use his words out of context and complaining that his college-age daughter has to read the stuff I write about him.
I suggested he listen to the audio tape of the July 9 council meeting for confirmation that I used his exact words and in the correct order. During and after the July 28 council meeting, Baker accused me of turning a positive into a negative simply because I suggested council read a contract before they voted to advance $50,000 to tear houses down without a guarantee of reimbursement. I asked the mayor, “What’s so negative about asking people to read the terms of a contract before they vote to spend money?” Instead of just copying the contract for everyone, Hayden challenged the council to let her know if they didn’t trust the mayor or her and if council thought they were liars, she would be happy to give them a copy. It brought to mind Nancy Pelosi when she said Congress had vote to pass Obamacare FIRST “so we can see what’s in it!”
Baker wasn’t being forthcoming with council when he conveniently left out the details that the City of Newark is keeping $320,000 of the $500,000 grant for themselves and only distributing $180,000 to the county. Instead he kept mentioning the $500,000 and even said maybe he could even go back and get more of the $500,000.
It always amazes me when public officials get angry with taxpayers who ask legitimate questions. Baker and Hayden are two peas in a pod….both bullies who just want to do whatever they please without any accountability. This is the second time I’ve experienced Baker’s short fuse. He seems to think the louder he talks or yells, it will be more effective for him. This is another side of Baker that I hadn’t seen before his local election. If I had, I certainly wouldn’t have endorsed him. (Sorry, Tory.)