Mayor and Council: Transparency not essential!

What is going on at City Hall? What is the detailed status of the hiring of a New City Manager? Is anything being done? If not, why not?

There is no transparency or report of what our present Mayor and Council are doing relative to the Administration’s hiring of personnel, hiring of a new City Manager, spending of your tax dollars, credit card spending, performance reviews, and the ever-hidden City’s Manager’s “Dictatorial Policies.”

At one meeting Mr. Giddings said, “He was growing tired of the animosity he witnessed between the City Manager’s office, and the Mayor and Council. “…he felt they were divided or at odds and he was tired of the drama to the extent that he may not even finish his term.”

However, the Mayor and Mr. Giddings did solicit candidate petition signatures for each others candidacy for council.

The Mayor and Council do the peoples and the taxpayers business. There is an obligation and duty to disclose details of City business. However, the Mayor and this Council will not vote for disclosure. As Councilman Ziegler stated, “I like it just the way it is.”

The way Council presently works is significantly inappropriate! Nondisclosure of conflict-of-interests persist within the Council but nothing is done about it. If you read the Council minutes and know the elected official and his occupation and background, the conflicts of interests are apparent.

There is significant mischief among the Mayor and our elected officials. There too is a conflict-of-interest with Mr. Giddings having voted and discussed development and economic matters where there is definitely a conflict of interest.

Mr. Giddings has business interests with downtown development properties and the properties at Beck and Twelve Mile roads. Conflicts that could potentially benefit him and his development company financially which his vote would promote. He has not recused himself from voting on these business matters.

There are no Council complaints, there are no calls for disclosure of conflict and to expose the obvious; specifically, when the Mayor and other members of Council are aware of the conflict.

Council’s mischief abounds with not following Robert’s Rules of Order and the “deity” sitting on the “dais” continues with making their own set of rules and ignoring well established principles and procedures of sound management.

Those previous Council principles and procedures were the substance and staple of many of Wixom’s Mayors and members of previous Councils which determined budgeting realities and balancing the scales between revenues received and budgeted expenditures. Principles which logically prioritized personnel structure by using wage and salary structure and following rigidly the dictates of the City Charter.

Those previous Mayors and Council members gave priority to leadership, integrity and administrative disciplines. All were purposefully adhered to without mischief. Unfortunately, this Mayor and many Council members are adamant: transparency of City business is not on their agenda.

A great example of effective Administrative management mischief,power and control of communications was dismissing the City Manager, Mr. Nowicki. To date nothing is stated on the record why this action was taken!

An excellent City Manager was dismissed without any public notice or reason given. The City Charter was thrown in the garbage can along with the Wage and Salary guidelines.

The residents and taxpayers are all witnessing not only a lack of transparency, but a political power ploy. Secrecy and power are the agents used.

A lack of transparency supports and anchors a power struggle that pits the Mayor and Council against the peoples need to know. Acknowledgment of the coming Council Agenda item is the pending increase of fees for filing Freedom of Information Requests should tell the people and taxpayers’ something is amiss.

Why the secrecy? What is the Council’s adamant resistance to letting the public know what is going on with Council’s spending of their working tax-dollars or reports of internal City Business?

There is considerable resistance from some members of the Council, specifically, Councilman Ziegler; he desires to keep things the way they are: secrecy is better than transparency. The Mayor, Councilmen: Beagle, Rzeznik, and Giddings, all sit or stand mute; their silence is deafening. It is understandable, because they are in the center of the storm.

With the facts hidden from the public, secrecy is in the Council’s best interest. Secrecy has constructed a Council’s concentrated control center of power. That power is retained when there is no interest in hiring a new city manager or following the requirements of the City Charter. Make no mistake about it, dragging out the hiring process affords those in power to stay in power. Who will dare question their authority?

Non-disclosure of the process of internal hiring of personnel and of contract details are flagrant violations of public trust and policy. Elected official’s misconduct in development of city properties and non-disclosure of those personal conflicts-of-interests are a serious violations and must be dealt with.

This nondisclosure is reasonable for Mr. Ziegler. He likes to keep “things” and the public in the dark. Why should the public know what actions or reports the Mayor and the Council are considering? “The Agenda is enough, has been stated many times by this Council.”

Noteworthy is the fact that there is no information within the Agenda relative to transparency of any details of the agenda’s subject/s . The agenda is basically an order of business to be discussed, little more.

Note again the present lack of transparency and unavailable facts for the real reason why Mr. Nowicki resigned from the City Manager’s position. Do you know why? Does the Public know why? NO PUBLIC REASON IS ON RECORD! Therefore, there is no transparency but perhaps there is connivance?

It is difficult to understand why any elected official would not want to let his constituency understand what and why issues are the way they are and the legitimate reason for any action required by the Mayor or Council unless mischief prevails.

What is the reason (and a detailed reason) for Mr. Ziegler’s statement, “I like the way the Council packet exists?” Perhaps too, with limited public access to the facts, the real question asked of our elected officials should be, “Is secrecy better than the public’s need to know?” Their present answer: absolutely and unequivocally…YES!

Note Councilman Giddings words on transparency, “… I had concerns, questions, and confusion when going through the (Council) packet. His concern would be the thousands of people reading the reports and supporting documentation they may not understand. He was not in favor of putting the packet on the website for that reason.”

Our public may not understand! Really!

Finally, CM-03-33-15: Motion made by Council member Kennedy to put the City Council Packet online and open to the public; however, there was no second! The motion died!

Transparency and ethics in government are good for Wixom. Presently, some of our elected officials have forgotten why they were elected and who they work for.

Remember, transparency is essential now and in this next election.

Your VOTE can CHANGE this SECRECY and establish transparency of City Business!

Mr. Jones calls on Mayor and Council

It is always interesting to hear from residents that have a community involvement concern or issue and who are not intimidated by appearing before the Mayor and City Council and stating their issue or concern.

An individual’s appearance can be an intimidating experience; it take courage and confidence for residents to remember that residents are the “Bosses,” of the community. The Council is elected to listen, to evaluate the concern; when the findings of fact, once disclosed and confirmed, the Council is required to take a corrective or remedial action.

I would like to think that all issues are important when any individual appears before the Mayor and Council. The Council and the Administrative staff must pay attention to all issues that are brought before the Council. Listening and acknowledgment of what is said is important. That is why the Council and the Community Services Departments with qualified Staffing are so important.

All communicating efforts involving residents, businesses, volunteers, and program sponsors requires Community Services Department’s Staffing support.

Communication is the essential element required to maintaining a quality relationship among all those who participate. Collectively, these hard working interests continue to the promotion of quality programming of the Community Service Programs.

Involvement, not duress, delivers successful participation and programming producing the quality of life experience that Wixom’s residents find enjoyable.

I know that Mr. Jones will have his issue reviewed and that an appropriate response and action will be made to remedy the situation. That is why experienced-qualified staffing is so important to resolving issues.

Here are the words and concerns of Mr. Edwin Jones, and I commend him for his appearance before the Mayor and Council.

If only more residents would have the same courage as Mr. Jones.

We need more residents to express their concerns and their comments on where the direction the Mayor, Council and the City Administration is going. By noting issues and concerns, the Administration may review and make adjustments where necessary and eliminate any confusion or miss-communications, or adjust programming accordingly.

However troublesome, without a discussion of relevant issues, no solutions to any issues are possible; unfortunately, silence promotes discontent and discontent may lead to circumstances that create disastrous consequences.

Consequences that may have been easily remedied with a little attention to detail and with LEADERSHIP and LEADERS reacting to the issues.

Wixom City Council Meeting __________May 26, 2015 _______Page 21

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

Edwin Jones, 2184 Maple North Trail, distributed a letter to the Council.

Since the Council never received the email he sent last year, he decided to hand it out personally. He said that as he sat here for an hour listening to the meeting, he went over his letter and discovered that his English major didn’t show up very well.

He stated the following:

To the City Members of Wixom Council, Mayor Hinkley and the City Manager. The other day I watched a movie, “Stars and Stripes Forever” featuring John Philip Sousa. It really took me back to the day Mrs. Magee said that the Novi Band music was not acceptable for summer concerts. Excuse me; she actually said they had calls saying that people didn’t like the music we play. Last year, I thought the first group on the fireworks was almost sacrilegious. The mayor was running around dressed to celebrate the 4th of July, making videos with Varsity Ford, while a guy sitting on a drum, another playing string bass and another on guitar playing anything but patriotic music and, truth be known, might not even be acceptable in a bad coffee shop.

My first experience with the City was over my mother losing her independence on the SMART bus. I confronted the woman who was working in the Senior Center and she decided that rather than me asking ladies for their addresses and telephone numbers, maybe I should put up a sign. I used her business card. Two days later, I had my first introduction to Mrs. Magee when she ordered me to remove all of the flyers because I didn’t get permission to use the City logo. I didn’t remove them. The irony of the whole thing is that a few years ago, you guys got upset with someone using the City logo and I think they found out it wasn’t copyrighted or patented at the time. I immediately showed her the article that she had seen but I got no apology of course.

I am not here to cause a problem or chastise anybody, but I am here because, like the lady over the sewer, I have met a lot of seniors and have some pretty good friends now that I am here. They can’t represent themselves. If they have represented themselves, they feel like they have been swept under the carpet. The Senior Center could be a great place for us.

The next issue that I am going to mention is the fact that I wanted to talk to Mrs. Magee about the fact that last year when I talked with you gentlemen, it was indicated by the Mayor that Novi Band could move in and move out and play a concert. No one would object to people playing patriotic music. In a couple minutes, she said that he really didn’t say that. I said it was in the minutes and I just turned and walked away. That was the end of my Novi Band push. I said forget about it. Just like the seniors that have problems at the Senior Center. They just say forget about it.

So, I understand the advantages of hiring a contractor for the concerts – less work, less responsibility, insurance, not showing prejudice to the groups that you hire, but I was amazed when I walked out of here and read the minutes later in the meeting that you issued an $18,000 contract for the concert series. I immediately called up the president of the musicians union and he said wow. He said he just put on 35 concerts for $19,000 in Detroit. He was amazed. I called some other parties telling them that this contract would be up in two years and you better get on the bandwagon. And by the way, the last time the Novi Band played in Wixom, they were given $300. I tried to hire a few of the groups last summer and they wanted $1,000-$1,200. $18,000 for our concert series is a pretty good chunk for somebody. At any rate, getting back to the issue, I am going to skip along on my more than five minute bad pros. I had to laugh. They have a new rule at the Senior Center – Don’t talk too loud. Well, I talk pretty loud. I don’t really need a microphone. I took care of my mother for fifteen years and she wouldn’t wear a hearing aid. If you know any seniors, they don’t hear so well. When they are playing cards, they have to talk; but not in the Senior Center because that is too loud. So when I go in there, I particularly walk in and make an ass of myself and say hi everybody. How’s everybody doing? Is everybody having a good time today? I guess you get the point.

I attended a Senior Commission meeting a couple weeks ago over a stupid movie pizza issue. Once again, I feel that Mrs. Magee inflicted some very strong information that I didn’t think was true again, but I didn’t say anything. I went to this meeting because of what had happened. They are talked to like they are children. Seniors aren’t going to take that. They can’t deal with being treated like they are children.

I’m skipping on because I am sure I am getting close to my five minutes. You guys wouldn’t have been able to put into the contract and not shown favoritism to a music group by putting in that the Novi Band should be included in their concert series. That would have been an easy thing and we probably would have gotten more money.

Once again, I really wasn’t going to come here tonight and I’m really disgusted at my pros, but I watched a Memorial Day Celebration on Sunday night on PBS and something that we should celebrate in Wixom. The concert was extremely patriotic. When you watch the fireworks display in Boston or wherever, I bet they play “America”, “America the Beautiful”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”. I bet they have pop singers and operatic singers. They have the Boston Philharmonic playing out there with the fireworks going. It is fantastic. We say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag but they say the patriotism to the Country isn’t very strong any more. This is off the wall from your financial meeting, I know. I really don’t want to bother you again about this issue of the Novi Band but I think that maybe some people are really good with figures and calculations, but maybe they aren’t so good with dealing with people. Maybe they should be over here in their little cubicle doing all of this really cool stuff that they do really good and they shouldn’t be confronting seniors. I almost got thrown out by a detective from Ford Hospital because of the abuse my mother got. They actually called and had a detective there while they reprimanded me but they had no grounds for doing that.

So, I hope you got my drift. Again, if you have any questions for me, you can email me or ask me right now. I’m sorry I got off the beaten track. I know this was longer than five minutes. You got it anyhow. The jury heard it.

Thank you Mr. Jones!

I do not know Mr.Jones, but hopefully his issue and comments will get an appropriate review and response.

Yes, This Place Does Matter!

Wixom-Wire House and Museum

Wixom-Wire House and Museum

Yes, this little home does matter to a lot of people.  And there is a need for repairs that are costly and historically significant. Your assistance and your donations are very much appreciated. Don’t forget the Ice Cream Social: a great day to have an ice cream cone and support the Historical Society’s efforts and hard work they have done for many, many, years.

YES, IT MATTERSAnd so many years ago, this was a popular vintage home. Life was good for Mr. & Mrs.Tiffen.

Wire House Mr.  Mrs. Tiffen++Many of you have fond memories of visiting the Wixom-Wire House on the southwest corner of Wixom and Maple Roads. It is Wixom’s only museum, preserving a glimpse of pioneer days. The Wixom-Wire House Museum, built in 1855, is in desperate need of repair as the home’s 19th century Michigan basement is beginning to crumble. The estimated restoration cost is expected to reach $25,000.

++From previous publication of the Restoration efforts web site.

The Wixom Historical Society is a small Society with a big-heart. A Community with Character is fortunate to have a wonderful dedicated group of members.

When you understand that “This Place Matters” is not just a banner: it is a call for help and the community needs to acknowledge the request and support the Historical Society in their restoration efforts.

Yes, the Wixom-Wire Museum Home certainly matters!

Thanks in advance for your support and donation.

 

 

Veterans’ Memorial Dedication 1990

VETERANS’ MEMORIAL DEDICATION

June 9, 1990

Wayne L. Glessner, Mayor

City of Wixom

Welcome / Greetings,

Today will be the second time this week we will have gathered together the Community to make a dedication honoring the commitments, contributions, and sacrifices of those who have served this Community in an honorable manner.

The dedication that we will make here today is a reaffirmation of our gratitude to our War Veterans who have made the highest contribution possible that one individual can make for another—the sacrificing of ones own life for the benefit of another human being.

Many men have dedicated their lives to love, to peace and to justice for his fellow human beings and have died for their efforts.

These men went forward to try to tame the savageness of other men and to attempt to make gentle the life of the World.

  • In life, these men strived to make a difference

  • In their death, we strive to rationalize their deed and our lose.

  • Their expectations in life, and ours, have been cut short; only a memory remains.

  • We understand that there is no such thing as a “Good War,” but there are “Good Men.”

We are gathered here today to Dedicate this Veterans’ Memorial to all these “Good Men” that were lost in all those wars. We are gathered here today to Dedicate this Veterans’ Memorial to our selves, the living, who need to acknowledge your deeds and your sacrifices and our tremendous sorrow.

We, the living, have a heartfelt need and desire to understand and to resolve our loss, and your sacrifice, on our behalf.

Today, we sincerely pray that through this Memorial Dedication, we will have reaffirmed our gratitude to all our War Veterans, and we sincerely pray that through this Dedication, we the living, will find it possible to understand that all men and women who dedicate their lives to love, to peace, and to justice—do make a difference in the world—and they do make gentle the life of the world because of their efforts.

Thank you! And thanks to Mr. Mack, Mr. Craig, the Veterans’ Memorial Committee and God Bless America.

Golden Girl Sister, Maxine, Passes

MaxineMaxine Glessner Powell         Golden Girl

 

My niece, Maxine Kathryn Toth (Mats) labeled my two-older sisters the Golden Girls as they reached their tender years of age: Kathryn age 90, Maxine, age 86.

Mats, is a wonderful care giving daughter of her Mother and Mats has a personality that all who meet her feel that they had known her as a true friend all their lives.

I suppose Mats developed her personality and sense of humor because she was an elementary school teacher and keeping those little devils in line requires a special personality. She had that personality.

She and her sisters Beverly and Janet had their hands full attending to the Golden Girl as she lived in Zephyrhills, Florida, and it was a chore to make all the trips to Florida from Homer City, Pa.to attend to their Mother’s care.

My sister Maxine always said, “God bless the person that has to deal with these girls when there is an issue in my treatment.These girls can be more than anyone would want to see coming in their office door!”

Maxine was a wonderful Sister and she was always a pleasure to be around. She loved her work as a nurse. I sometimes wondered how she could do this work.

In a trip back to Pa. to visit her, I found out that she was working the night shift at the hospital. She said that I should come up to the hospital, and she would have me “suit-up” and I could see some of her “little beauties” that was in her care.

I went to the hospital to the floor where Maxine met me and putting on a gown, mask and gloves I entered the tri-county emergency ward for infant care.

The little babies were all in their little beds and there was a mix of girls and boys; some appeared normal, some large for their new-born age, some were palm-of-your-hand size infants; some appeared content, others appeared to be of definite risk and frailty to an unprecented degree. Others appeared quite content in their beds.

One particular girl caught my attention. She was about 9 pounds in weight, had a lot of black hair, and it appeared to me that she should be home with her mother… not here in this critical-care ward.

Turning to Maxine, I asked, “What is wrong with this beautiful little girl? She looks perfect!” She should be at home in bed near her mother.

Maxine became emotional and said, “The doctors are not sure of how much of a brain she has!” At hearing Maxine’s words there were tears in my eyes and I asked, “How do you do this work? You are truly a remarkable woman.”

I walked out of the room and removed my gown and garb.

In talking again, I again ask how she could do this difficult work. She said she loved all the babies and caring for them, She said the only time it is really difficult is when a child  passes, and you have to take them down to the Morgue.You cuddle them all the way there and you cry all the way back to the ward.

That trip is emotional and you cannot help but to feel love for the child and sorrow for the parents.

I last say my sister in October and she was fragile and thin and I knew that she was having difficulty. She rebounded some recently and was moved into the same assisted nursing home with my older sister Kathryn (90) years young.

My love of Maxine spanned many years. That love started when I was only four-years old living in the foothills of Pennsylvania. When she came walking down the road coming from school, there were many times when there was a surprise inside her coat or sweater.

Once there was a kitten, once a small dog, and another time a rabbit. All at these times they became my instant best friends. What more could a boy ask for than having a sister who gave him presents that were immediate toys and full of fun.

Maxine Kathryn Glessner Powell was a wonderful sister. I once wrote a post that ask, “How many sisters does a brother need?” The answer was, “All of them!” And there were five.

Now, I have lost another and it is heartbreaking. It is with a deep sorrow that she has passed. But it is gratifying to note that she loved life, giving all that she had to others.

I am so proud to say that she was a wonderful sister and friend. I will miss her terribly.

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POWELL – Maxine Rummel, 86, Armagh, returning after 23 years in Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away May 20, 2015, at The Communities at Indian Haven Nursing Center, Indiana. Born April 9, 1929, in Seward, daughter of the late George and Agnes (Watson) Glessner. Also preceded in death by husband, Francis Powell; son, Ronald Rummel; brothers, William and George Glessner; and sisters, Lila Peters and Helen Luther. Survived by children, Jan Diehl, Monroeville; Beverly Mrosky, and husband, Jim, Armagh; and Maxine Toth, and husband, Bob, Homer City; daughter-in-law, Madeline Rummel, Pittsfield; grandchildren, Scott and Chad Rummel, Tonya Kelly, Thomas and David Diehl, Nicole Cerminara and Natalie Cox; great-grandchildren, Addison and Emerson Diehl, Timothy and Jason Diehl, Sophie Cerminara and Kellan Rummel; sisters, Kathryn Geyer, Seward; and Jacqueline Benemati, Louisiana; brother, Wayne Glessner, and wife, Thomasine, Michigan; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Glessner, Johnstown; and Heidi Glessner, Indiana. Maxine was a retired registered nurse from Conemaugh Hospital, who was well-known for her quilting and was very active in her church, Alliance Church of Zephyrhills, Fla. Private graveside service and internment, Armagh Cemetery. Family assisted by Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alliance Women’s group, Alliance Church of Zephyrhills, 6351 Fort King Road, Zephyrhills, Fla. 33541. Online condolences may be left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.

Maxine was burried beside my Mother and Father in the family plot in Armagh,Pa. Cemetary. It is as it should be.

Love ya Sis!