lol. sorry i missed it. i did hear kusiak earlier in the week completly misrepresent what is going on in gary though.
in the past week two lawsuits have been filed, one by the miller citizens group, who are the same group that helped bring about the 2% statewide cap, arguing against the privatization in gary.
as for the accusations of the hammond sanitation employees being patrons of this mayor? well about 80% of the staff was hired by the dedelow administration and many of the rest were hired before that. only about 8 full time employees on staff have been hired by the current administration. of the foreman in the sanitation dept 2 of them were hired (or promoted) by dedelow one was hired by the current mayor, and one was hired by the sanitary district earlier this year.
it is true, many of the employees disliked golfis and dedelow. but that is typical of any employee laborer, not to 'like' there boss too much. i guess its hard to like someone who's job it is is to make you pick up garbage.
kusiak is kind of a scmuck who doesnt think before speaking. so nothing that comes out of his mouth would surprise me. but matt reardon is a very decent and knowledgable guy (full disclosure his firm is actually employed by the hammond sanitary district) and im pretty certain when he learns the full details of what is going on in gary, he would have a completly different opinion of what free claims he has.
for those that dont know, here is what happenned in gary last month (and over the last few months).
rudy clay, cut the budget drastically over there, mid year. which basically forced the gary garbage dept to cut people, although they didnt have the contractual ability to do so. so for months the gary administration...set about intentionally driving down the performance of their employees. they sent people home for minor violations. they threatened employees with exterme discipline actions so that they would choose to not show up for work with minor injuries, rather then incurr the wrath of their foreman. maintenance on all garbage trucks stopped completly.
the net effects were the performance of the gary garbage dept. dropped to an all time low. so much so that garbage pick up was weeks behind schedule.
then, with no notice to anyone, and no legal authority granted by the city council. the gary mayor went out and cut a deal with a waste hauler to privatize the garbage pick up in his city. the garbage employees showed up on a monday, and were told their jobs were going to be gone by friday, and handed an application with the new hauler, that the hauler said wouldnt guarentee them employment with them.
its true. the working of the new deal means that the garbage pickup in gary will cost property tax payers, a little less on their tax bills. but when you add in the 13$ a month fee they are now all to be billed, there is no actual net savings. what used to cost about 40 bucks per gary household on the tax bill. now costs 13 bucks a month in fees, and 26 bucks per household on the tax bill.
and in my opinion its only a matter of time until a kickback is located somewhere, that would clearly show that whole process as having been illegal.
but if that's how you want your city to be run. then free, buy all means, ill even rent the moving van for you!
and dont get me started on the missing 16 million in the gary hsd!
if you really care about the gary sanitation issue. here is some suggested readinghttp://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/ ... 303998.txthttp://www.post-trib.com/news/lake/1232 ... sh.articlehttp://www.nwi.com/articles/2008/10/21/ ... 09ddb9.txt