7:20 PM (16 hours ago)
Watching all these comments and personal attacks being written, and boy this stuff has gotten nasty. All because of people playing the people card, they don't like me, they do like me choose a side.
When you sit back and think about it, the last four Mayors from Wiley to Buckley all have made the same fatal mistake, all added to the problems of this city and the type of community it has become. All because they didn't do what was needed to improve things for the residents, but by making decisions based on popularity and re-election.
Case in point Mayor Wiley is a good man who had a great situation until, the Amtrak tax loss to the city, not his fault but it did take a nice piece of change needed to remove snow, pick up leafs and trash, repair and pave streets, add in competitive dollars needed to keep trained city employees. The rental boom had started and the city was changing it's demographic make up.
Here's the rub, Mayor Wiley knew and introduced a plan to enforce rental codes so to protect the homeowners from falling property value, thus hurting tax revenue, but when the shouting was done and the smoke cleared the guidelines where changed and never enforced, why, resistance.
Warner knew things were going up in cost, and revenue was going down, things needed repaired and maintained and a sewer rate increase was talked about, only to be shoved in a drawer. Had Mayor Wiley done what was right for the city instead of his political friends wanted who knows what happens in 2004.
Mayor Wright, completely different situation but same results, Mayor Wright had the right idea about rebuilding and shaping Beech Grove, but he had three issues, he didn't know how to execute the presentation or plan, when he met negative feed back he lied about his plans, and lastly he way over promised and under delivered. When things started going south he tried to borrow his way out of it. Seems it would have been better to come honest with hey we screwed up, but we can fix it, and here's how. But instead he surrounded himself with people who protected him with lies and cover ups. All for the sake of the party and re-election.
Now speaking of cover ups Mayor Dilk and his clerk were appointed for one reason and one reason only to kept all the things hidden that they had helped screw up. Considering his hand in all the RDC things and his blind support to Mayor Wright, he never stood a chance.
Now comes Mayor Buckley, the funny thing about him is all he had to do was make one good smart move a year and after the last 8 he could have been a genius but he started off the day after being elected breaking several promises made. Now some may argue this, but I know who was promised jobs and who wasn't I mean after 1283 phone calls from the man from Jan 1st 2010 - Nov 30 2011 yes all documented by at&t you know what's being told to others. Now had Buckley stayed to his campaign script and done the things he said he would, well this blog wouldn't exist. When someone thinks they can side step ordinances and change ordinances for their benefit, lets not forget total control over what the council hears and what they don't at meetings, well it's not a good thing. The decisions being made by Mayor Buckley are completely against what he campaigned on, the sewer rate increase, the borrowing of more money, open and honest government and now that he has this it's not me routine going on lets hope that the next few years fly by. Doing things the union way, the good ole boy club way, and the party way isn't really working out for the residents of this city, higher sewer rates, less service, small amount of city employees, wanted to increase property taxes, lets look at Main Street once it's done and see how many empty store's remain.
The Mayor should be the P.R person, the Mayor should be leading the charge in all areas, and be smart enough to surround themselves with experienced, rational people.
The revolving door on the RDC members should be a big question for all of us. Until Beech Grove gets a leader that does what they say, isn't afraid to upset a few friends and contributors to get things done right, we will keep going backwards.
So you see it's not about friends and neighbors, do you like me yes or no, or who's popular, it's about what's right for the city and that my friends and neighbors will take courage, thought, and time....the good news it's all fixable.
Have a Nice Day