Lowell Michigan January 2015 State of the City Address

The City of Lowell Michigan in January 2015 in on record as a year of deception, half-truths and discrimination.

So in this "State of the City Address" from a 27 year Lowell citizen who has been honored to have received the information below from many different concerned citizens and my job is to compile, analyze and report a point of view that will prove to be very different from the City Manager and Mayor's report.

My son told me that I have been criticizing the father of one of his classmates from Lowell High School, the current mayor of Lowell.

This is true and the reason for my criticism is, as his son and my son should see if they take a deeper look, a person needs to stand for what is right, what is true and what is honorable.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Mayor stands not for the City of Lowell - he stands for the City Manager...

The Mayor was elected by the people, the citizens of Lowell and yet he works for, is guide by and reports to the City Manager of Lowell...

Our Mayor Stands for spending city funds outside of Lowell even after a State judge declared the City Manager to be in Violation and ruled against his activities and union busting penalties...

Our Mayor stands for discrimination - no matter the gender...

Our Mayor stands for wasting city capital on both the LL&P Managers part and the City Managers part...

 

Our mayor stands for 500% increases in our light and power bill...

Our Mayor stands for the Alpha Dog as he is the Beta to the WhoSaid...

Our Mayor and two fellow Lowell City Council Members stand together and appoint Beta Dogs to City Boards who willingly and blindly follow the two Alpha Dog Managers...

Our City Mayor stands for rewriting the rules as they are broken to make them fit discovered/exposed violations...

Our City Mayor and the two Beta Dogs stand for a LL&P Manager and board members who laugh at safety and rules violations (on YouTube) and agree to build a biodigestor telling me (when I asked them) that they are doing this all without contracts.

Our City Mayor stands for a Manager who diverts funds set in the budget from street repairs and maintenance to the general fund to make him look better with the $400,000 he moved away from the street funds.

I was chastised by a contract city worker (his 5 year contract that was moved to 10 years is up in the spring - "against city charter") for placing a Craigslist ad that warned prospective Lowell Home owners of what is going on and warning that the City will need to raise property taxes on homeowners to pay for the city manager's diversion of the road funds. Keep a watchful eye and ear to when it happens that the City Manager tries to push this same company that charges our city $300,000 for two employees to run the waste-water-sewer plant.

The Lowell ledger in its "recap of 2014" at the end of December stated that the City Manager has stated that property taxes will not need to be raised. Ask him if he might try to bring in a special assessment to pay for road rebuilding.

You may hear in the City Manager's "State of the City" address that there were budget surprises in equipment and a new need for a new pumper truck for the fire department. - These statements, if made, are entirely false as the city manager has been diverting equipment fund for the maintenance department and sat in on all but one meeting of the fire department board as the secretary. The City manager was told for almost two-and-a-half years of the need for a pumper truck.

The City Manager in the first meeting of 2015 asked the Council to approve a new contract for the union members and a day later the "real" contract when compared to the "actual" contract was different. How can this be if you are not trying to get the council to approve a contract that wasn't the "real" contract? Is your mind twisting like mine is?

Another surprise you will hear about is the need for Air Packs" so that our brave firemen can breath while inside a burning home. This has been a topic of discussion for the past two years and the surprise is (how could this surprise us?) that the City Manager claims to have had no prior knowledge of this need and could not budget for it. This, despite the fact that he has attended all but one of the meetings as the secretary (he took notes) and City rep over the past two and a half years.

You are likely to hear how the city manager has helped to procure a new backhoe by financing it for 10 years. what he won't tell you is that for the past 3 years he has diverted $50,000 each year from the equipment fund to help his general budget look good. That is $150,000 gone from the equipment fund an now our city is forced to finance a $100,000 backhoe when we could have paid cash for it. 

I decided to stand up against the City Manager with this website when he came into his position and the first thing he did was to send special assessment letters to 5 of my neighbors and myself for $42,000 each to hook up to City Water...$252,000! What a windfall for the City Manager that would have been. He then qualified the pricing by blaming his workers for their ineptness... These inept employees then stood by this manager as they were unaware of how he thought about them as workers for the city...Where does the Buck Stop?

I talked with a former City Council member and he told me that he could call or email his agenda requests as late as the Sunday before the next meeting and now in this administration that has change. This former 10+ year council member is thinking of running again, he has a rude awakening coming at him if he does...

Will it take a $42,00 Assessment to get you to stand up?

I decided to stand up when the Mayor told people attending a then open City Council meeting that he had the power to Forcibly Remove them from the meeting...

No one stood up to Hitler...

No one stood up to Madoff...

No one stood up to the banking system that caused the last banking crisis...

No one stood up to the American Car makers when they insisted on building crappy, gas guzzling vehicles and then had to be bailed out and become "Government Motors"...

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

When will you stand up?