Elyria, Ohio – At each county commissioners’ meeting a variety of items are voted on. Many involve financial expenditures. When the commissioners discuss any of the items, I report that discussion. At the 6/9/21 meeting none of the commissioners offered any input on the 19 items on the agenda. All were passed unanimously.
In four of the 19 agenda items a grand total of $1,668,136.20 was approved for four different projects.
Following votes taken on the 19 agenda items each commissioner reported on his/her activities for the previous week.
Matt Lundy followed Michelle Hung’s report on county support of the Lorain County Fair. While he expressed his personal support for the fair in general, he took the opportunity to continue to express his never ending opposition to what he described as the fair board “marketing” of the confederate flag. In his words the flag is “a symbol of hate and more recently insurrection”.
1. Tom Williams reported there was a meeting with mayors, county directors, community development and solid waste personnel. Meeting was to provide county contacts to mayors and to open communication lines.
2. Matt Lundy discussed the continued elevated numbers of county residents with mental health and addiction issues. This should come as no surprise. It would be helpful to know exactly what LCADA Way, MHARS Board and Nord Center are doing to address these issues. In speaking with the former director of MHARS Board several months ago, there is no centralized record keeping of overdoses, deaths from suicide, etc.
3. Michelle Hung reported that Lorain County Storm Water acquired 59.2 acres south of Lorain Rd. on Rt. 83 for a retention basin project. The cost of the property was $295,000. Michelle sits on the board for Lorain County Storm Water.
Four organizations have applied for and the commissioners awarded them with TANF funds (the state of Ohio Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program).
Individuals and families who apply for TANF must meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household and report as required by the state.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Job and Family Services and Horizon Education Center, and Tower Educational Consulting Group, Inc. of Lorain are sharing in a combined total of $247,881.79 for Mentoring and Tutoring low income Lorain County children for the period of July 1, 2021 thru September 30, 2021.
No explanation was offered as to why four organizations would be providing what appears to be the very same services and how those services do not overlap for the same children. It would seem likely that at a minimum there would be administrative services costs duplicated across the four organizations.
(Note: This is a report about the Lorain County Commissioners meeting on May 26, 2021.)
Elyria, Ohio – TAX ABATEMENTS and COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS APPROPRIATED FOR ANOTHER YEAR by Lorain County Commissioners.
The Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) meets yearly (as required by law) for the purpose of reviewing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects and residential and commercial Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) for the previous calendar year.
The TIRC reported to the Commissioners that eight tax abatements and 34 TIFs are in compliance and should be continued for another year.
Elyria, Ohio – In the state of Ohio communities (political subdivisions) are offered an incentive program to encourage them to increase the tonnage of recyclables they recycle on an annual basis. The county administers the program and for 2021 Lorain County can receive a maximum of $450,000 to be distributed to communities meeting the state standards.
Many communities experience a high contamination rate reducing the amount of their reimbursement so Solid Waste Management District Director Blevin is looking into implementing a variety of programs in an attempt to reduce that contamination rate. He wants to begin by targeting multi-family dwellings in Lorain and Elyria.
A slogan they hope will stick in residents’ minds is
”When in doubt, throw it out.”
meaning when in doubt about a particular item as to whether it can be recycled or not, place the item in the regular
Elyria, Ohio – Five months into the new county administration new county administrator, Tom Williams, has the boldness to put tax levies on the agenda. When the taxpayer hears tax levy, the logical assumption is “Now how do they want to spend more of MY money?” However, in this case while Mr. Williams is asking for more money for the coroner and crime lab, at the same time he is reporting that the TB Clinic can operate on less money and is recommending a levy with a REDUCTION in funding.
Current funding for the coroner comes from the General Fund. The crime lab gets its money from the Drug Task Force and as needed some from the General Fund. The .30 mill additional tax levy would reduce the need for GF money.
Elyria, Ohio – This is the first in what hopefully will be a continuing series of reports on the weekly Lorain County Commissioners’ meetings which are held every Wednesday morning at 9:30 in the County Administration Building 226 E. 2nd St. in Elyria Fourth Floor Conference Room. Due to the covid plandemic (not misspelled) the meetings for several months have been all virtual with no indications when they will be reopened to in person meetings.
Until the time meetings went virtual there was a public comment time opened to any person present to bring any issue before the commissioners. With virtual meetings no accommodation has been provided to replace that public input.
The next TEA meeting will be on Saturday, April 10. Here is information on one of the topics which will be presented.
“Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates”
With the advancement of overreaching bureaucrats and elected executives at every level of government, the common question is “What can be done about it?”
Join us as we learn about the Doctrine whereby the locally elected have the right, authority and responsibility to stand against arbitrary and pernicious actions by a higher authority. Find out how we can work with and support our local elected officials to hold the line against tyrannical state and federal initiatives.
Tom Niewulis will present that which our Founders understood in their stand against despotism and tyranny at all levels of government. Discover the truth about the duties presented in The Doctrine of The Lesser Magistrates. *** Book of same title: The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government by Matthew J. Trewhella (2013)
Excerpt from back cover: America has entered troubling times. The rule of law is crumbling. The massive expansion of Federal government power with its destructive laws and policies is of grave concern to many. But what can be done to quell the abuse of power by civil authority? Are unjust or immoral actions by the government simply to be accepted and their lawless commands obeyed? How do we know when the government has acted tyrannically? Which actions constitute proper and legitimate resistance?
Title: Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates Speaker: Tom Niewulis Date:Saturday, April 10 Time: 8:30 am Coffee and refreshments; 9 to 10:30 am Program Location: Banquet Hall, 5300 Baumhart Road, Lorain, Ohio MAP Cost: FREE for first time guests and students up through college, $3 all others. This meeting is open to the public. Other: Books and materials will be available at the meeting.
About Tom Niewulis Citizen * History of the Constitution * Sam Adams expert
Tom Niewulis is first and foremost a simple citizen circa 1804. He is also the President and CEO of NCDCS, Inc. Tom has over 30 years in business and organizational analysis, strategic planning, financial and organizational management. Tom has delivered business studies, technical studies and made presentations at industry conferences in the United States and Europe. He has been a member of the technical advisory boards for emerging companies as well as the Fortune 500. He is published internationally. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and The World Intellectual Property Organization.
Tom has been active in the political arena after serving in the military. While in the military he studied communism, surreptitious and indigenous actions and intervention. He has studied the founding of America since the mid 70’s with an emphasis on its cultural challenges as well as why and how the Constitution was developed. He has studied independently the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Joseph Stories Commentaries, Blackstone, Locke, De Tocqueville, Madison’s Notes and the various states Ratifying Conventions; as well as original source writings of Samuel Adams and Sam’s contemporaries. In conjunction, these studies include the Reformation with an emphasis on the Scottish Reformation, Lex Rex, the Puritans and Covenant, the First Great Awakening and the Sermons the Founders heard preached.
Tom was the Chair of Constitutional Economics at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies founded by Cleon Skousen and Glenn Kimber. He was in leadership and on the board of directors for We The People Washington (state). He is a political blogger and writer. He has also spoken across the country on various Constitutional topics and as his alter-ego Samuel Adams. He is the Author of “Not ALL Conservatives Are Constitutionalists,” “From Covenant to the Present Constitution.”
Tom encourages the re-education of the citizenry through seminars on the Constitution and other presentations. Tom is now affiliated with The Institute On The Constitution by promoting this great organization’s training. He is a Constitutional thinker from the Anti-Federalist perspective desiring to return to the Founders / Framers Constitutional Original Intent. Tom has additionally studied the life of Samuel Adams to the extent that he appears in character as this alter-ego. Tom is heard every Saturday on LibertyWorksRadioNetwork.com at 1 a.m., 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern. Program archives and much more are at https://samueladamsreturns.net
Tom’s educational background is in physics, radiological chemistry, behavioral science and Masters work in organization development as well as telecommunication management.
Lorain, Ohio – Dr. Sherri Tenpenny made a very informative presentation about the virus and the shot on March 13, 2021, to a large crowd at the last meeting of Totally Engaged Americans. There are three sections to the recording of her presentation. Audio is the only format available.
We are pleased to announce that world-renowned physician, speaker, author and vaccine expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny will be the guest speaker. She’ll be speaking at the Totally Engaged Americans meeting in Lorain on the 2nd Saturday in March.