What Is Going On With Taxpayers Money?

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Tonight Loveland OH council passed legislation to fund a private developers infrastructure. The Loveland City Council majority ( Bailey, Blair, Butler, Phelps, Oury) voted 5-1 to spend $100k of taxpayers money that is unbudgeted. Councilman Neal Oury said he has worked with the private developer on this issue. Should the Councilman have recused himself? He did not. He voted yes for the giveaway to his "friend.” Something doesn’t seem right here.

Our newest podcast will discuss this issue and how this council majority, led by Kathy Bailey has been spending alot of non budgeted taxpayer money. Our latest podcast will drop on Thursday. Join us, won’t you?

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The Government Is Here To Solve The Parking Problem

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The nine most terrifying words in the English Language are, “ I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

On our latest podcast - Problems with Parking - we talk about the decision of the council majority - Kathy Bailey, Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury - to spend $700K of taxpayer money for land that the city government will use to build a downtown parking garage. This government decision appears to jumpstart the recommendations of the master plan. A plan that has not been discussed, debated or voted on publicly.

Please join us for a fun and spirited conversation where we talk about who is going to build the garage, what is the cost, who benefits from it and why the city government should not be involved in the purchase of land or the development of private property. Join us, won’t you?

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Is Loveland Losing That Small Town Feeling?

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Is Loveland losing that small town feeling? Our downtown, because of the decisions of the current council majority - Mayor Kathy Bailey, Vice-Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury- has become more of a perpetual party of outdoor drinking and loud music and less about a quaint, quiet, family friendly small town community. Are the changes really what people want?

According to the survey results conducted for the master plan, people overwhelmingly responded that what they liked about Loveland was the bike trail, river, and the quaint, small town, family friendly feel of the community.

On our latest podcast - Loveland has lost that small town feeling - we talk about how the look, feel and enjoyment of our downtown has and continues to be transformed. What is going on now is the jump starting of the master plan recommendations. A plan that has not been discussed, debated or voted on publicly. Yet, this council majority is already committed to spending $700K of taxpayer money for a parcel of land that may or may not be used for a parking garage, it might be a multi level city hall project. TEASER ALERT - what changes will this project bring to our downtown? Join us, won’t you?

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RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland

Update - Back Rooms and Land Deals

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Background - The City Council Majority - Mayor Kathy Bailey, Vice-Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury voted on May 28, 2019 via “emergency” to purchase land on 1st Street ( next door to the Works) for the publicly stated price of $550K to build a parking garage and cut through. Later during that meeting we learned it would actually cost the taxpayers another $50K to settle a legal dispute related to the purchase. That brings the actual cost to taxpayers to $600K for the land. We also learned from council comments that they were having discussions with “ council members about other options” related to the property - one mentioned building a multi level city hall on the property.

Update - Well, its a new week and guess what, there is now a new price estimate for the above mentioned land. According to the latest council memo the new amount is $700K. Click here. Eye On Loveland looks forward to this Tuesday’s council meeting (6/25/19) to hear what other “private conversations” the majority members have been conducting and what new options they’ve discussed outside the view of the public forum.

Stay Tuned - EoL is watching and listening. Our newest podcast will drop on Thursday.

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What Is The Plan?

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What is the plan for the land that Loveland OH council majority voted to purchase for $600K?

Through all the confusion, we have three questions:

  • Why buy the land via “emergency?”

  • What is the plan for the property?

  • What is the total cost to taxpayers?

Eye On Loveland is going to stay on top of this issue, Check out our recent discussions on the purchase and council comments regarding this decision.

Click here - Back Rooms and Land Deals - May 30, 2019

Click here - Future of Downtown Loveland - June 8, 2019

Click here - Deep Thoughts About Parking - June 13, 2019

Council members have said they want to hear from the public. We have reached out to all members of council and city manager Dave Kennedy . We will keep you updated on their response. If you would like to ask council questions, please send an email to them and remember the next council meeting is Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 7pm. Come and let your voice be heard.

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Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland

Deep Thoughts About Parking

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Eye On Loveland has a Question - Can you tell us when a parking garage is not a parking garage?

Answer - How about when council members decide to spend money on land and tell the public it is for a parking garage and traffic cut through. Then they say they’ve discussed other options, and now they say they haven’t discussed other options. We’re certainly confused, are you?

At the May 28, 2019 city council meeting, members Kathy Bailey, Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury voted 6-0 to spend $600K to purchase land via an “emergency” for the stated purpose of “improving parking and vehicular access into downtown.” However, during that same meeting Mr. Oury stated “ council had discussed other options.” Rob Weisgerber stated “all options are open for discussion, for example, one option could be to move city hall to that location and put another commercial building on the city hall property.” Click here to view their statements.

On our podcasts - Back Rooms and Land Deals and New Loveland - we stated that we had lots of questions regarding this $600K land purchase. Unfortuanately those questions were not answered at the June 11, 2019 council meeting and based on the council members current comments, we have even more questions.

Councilwoman Settell ( who was not at the 5/28 meeting) asked Councilman Neil Oury about his comments regarding council members discussing other options. She stated that she did not know about any other options nor any other private conversations with council members. Mr Oury responded by saying “ no outside items were discussed outside of individual deep thoughts, and people who came into his shop.” As the video from the 5/28 meeting shows, this is not what he said at the previous meeting. Click here ( go to minute mark 59:24 ) Mayor Kathy Bailey then stated “ why are we discussing what people are talking about, council will ultimately make the decision.” Councilman Tim Butler then stated that Mr. Oury was “inviting the public to participate in the review and identify the best use of the property, it was an outreach to the public to help us decide.” Click here to view the videotape. ( the conversation begins at minute mark 36:23)

What is going on here? In this short period of time - 5/26 - 6/11 - council voted to purchase land for $600k via “emergency” with the publicly stated purpose of alleviating parking and traffic concerns. Now council is saying that it might be something else. Loveland taxpayers deserve to know what plan council has for using our money on this land purchase. Before the city spends even more taxpayer money, maybe they should look at our current underutilized parking assets like the Linda Cox parking lot.

Please listen to our latest podcast - Deep Thoughts on Parking - where we discuss the words and actions of city council and offer other solutions to address our parking and traffic issues in the NOW and without more taxpayer dollars. Join us, won’t you?

Sign up to receive regular updates and find our show - eyeonloveland - here or wherever you get your podcasts. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland.  We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com.

Eyeonloveland.com - Be Informed. Be Involved. Be Influential.

Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland