Monday, October 11, 2010

Euclid grows the government again

Euclid is at it again. I am not opposed to recycling or going green but someone needs to tell the mayor that government is not suppose to create jobs, the private sector is and that's where real growth and tax revenue comes from.

Now is NOT the time to add government workers. As the city of Euclid's government grows so will the tax they impose on the residents because there is no guarantee this plan will work. This move is another shot across the bow for anyone thinking of opening a business or buying a house. For the rest of us of us who have already in Euclid, we are stuck.

my comments in red

Euclid aims to go green with recycling program
By Max Reinhart

The city of Euclid took a step toward becoming more environmentally friendly and, officials believe, more cost-effective, at Monday evening's city council meeting.

Council voted 5-3 in favor of starting a curbside recycling program as soon as equipment, supplies and personnel are available. I believe this was tried already in Euclid. I know in Wickliffe they did and as in most cities it failed.

"I think it's the proper thing to do. I think it's a service that our residents want (Did they ask everyone?)," Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik said.

With the approval of curbside recycling, the city now waits to see whether a recycling consortium of nine or 10 nearby cities will come to fruition. regionalism - socialism

If it does, Cervenik said the city has the possibility (possibility not for certain, in the end the residents will pay) of generating revenue, depending on how much trash the city recycles.

If the consortium doesn't take shape, Cervenik said the worst the city could do is break even with the agreement it has with the city of Cleveland.

"The consortium would make it even better," Cervenik said. "But I firmly believe that even (without it), the recycling will be a break-even or a slightly profitable endeavor."

The new program also means the creation of new jobs for the city. The city, not the private sector. And who will pay for the new workers?.

By approving the measure, council will allow Cervenik to create and staff three full-time positions to collect residents' recyclables. Someone tell the Mayor government should not create jobs, if it does, its called Socialism.

Councilwoman Mary Jo Minarik was one of the dissenting votes. Minarik said council needed to hear more details about the possible consortium and new city jobs before voting on it.

"I think the discussion tonight has shown that there are a lot of gray areas out there," Minarik said.

Council members David Gilliham and Daryl Langman also voted against the implementing the program.

Councilwoman Madeline Scarniench voted for the program and said she's talked about the idea with numerous residents — all of whom have been in favor.

"Right now I think we need to give our residents something that's really good, and I think this is one of those things," Scarniench said. Really good! Why not rescind the street light - trash fee's, add more police, lower the taxes and get out of people's homes, now that is really good!

Following the approval of the recycling plan, council approved a purchase to help put the plan into action.

Cervenik's request to purchase a recycling truck for about $92,000 was approved by a 5-3 vote. Money used to start the recycling program came primarily from a state grant with additional money coming from the city's cash reserve to pay the salaries of the new positions. Instead of buying more equipment and adding MORE city workers and charging the residents for trash and street lights why not save the money and rescind those fee's? This is a key phrase here: Money used to start the recycling program... And then what happens after that, answer raise taxes to pay for it. We have been down this road before. Besides, IF I am correct, cash reserves are for existing programs and emergencies.

Cervenik said he was pleased that the program could be funded without any general fund money being spent.

"It requires us not to use general fund money and take it away from safety forces, EMS, recreation and other things like that," he said.

The recycling program is expected to begin as soon as the new positions are staffed and recycling bags and informational literature can be circulated to the public.

From my archives Feb. 2010:

Chuck Galletti, who was sitting in for Triv (Triv Show WTAM), made this statement to Mayor Cervenek. - What people are against is once a fee or tax is put in place its never removed. The Mayor responded That's not necessarily true, they can always be reduced.

Excuse me, reduced is not the same as being removed.

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